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Iowa City school may close in 2016, others set to open before then


An Eastern Iowa school could close as early as 2016. That's the proposal Iowa City schools administrators are pushing for Hoover Elementary School.

Iowa city schools superintendent Stephen Murley wants to see Hoover Elementary closed to current students after the 2015- 2016. That's so the district can use Hoover as a swing school, moving students from other buildings there while their home schools are being renovated. Several schools are to be renovated and three new elementary schools will be built. 

He presented the timeline to the school board at a work session Tuesday. It was a crowded room yet again for the presentation as parents learned Hoover may be closing even earlier than expected. District staff say it's cheaper and makes more sense to close the school before 2017, the earliest date the board approved when they passed the facilities master plan in July.

After being used as a swing school, Hoover would close for good in 2021 to allow for expansion at City High. City and West high schools both get renovations. The long-awaited third high is expected to have its first graduating class in about ten years.

Another big topic of discussion-the district does not have enough money to fund the entire facilities master plan. That's despite voters approving the Revenue Purpose statement in February and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy in September. It will mean another trip to the polls in---likely during the school board elections in 2017, unless the district decides to put the issue to voters before then.

As officials work to redistrict at all levels, they also have to keep in mind the new diversity policy. Remember, that was the controversial policy the board passed that says schools need to have a similar number of students on Free and Reduced Lunch.

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