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Iowa City School Board tabled discussion on boundary changes

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The Iowa City school district was supposed to approve boundary recommendations Tuesday, that would force some students to switch schools, instead that approval was tabled.

In a 4-3 vote, the approval was postponed because some board members say they needed more time to review the attendance zone maps.

They say they were given the maps on Monday.

“It seems that they’re going to shut down and probably this is going to be a closed off vote, and we know that’s what happened last year and kind of a sneaky vote decision,” said Tong Yao.

Yao has children who will be impacted by the changes.

School board member Tuyet Dorau echoed Yao.

“This is ridiculous, we just shut down the entire room”, said Dorau.

"[My daughter] loves her teachers, loves her principal. She was very upset. She might need some help, to help her,” said Haiyan Lin, a parent. “Like processional help to help her cope with this whole situation.”

She says her daughter has established friendships and bonds with teachers, and pulling her away from Lincoln will hurt her.

“She said why me, mom? Did I do something wrong, is it punishment for me. So I don’t know how to explain this whole complicated situation to her,” said Lin.

District leaders say the boundary changes are necessary in order to help the district stay on track with it's diversity policy.

The changes will impact two-thirds of the elementary students in the Coralville Central attendance zone, forcing them to move to Kirkwood. And more than half the Kirkwood students would move to Coralville Central or Lincoln.

“Really weird,” said Yao. “I think we are all here and want to hear the decisions now of the board opinions.”

Since the approval of the recommendation was postponed, the board plans to discuss the changes in a work session and then be voted on before the second school board meeting in June.

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