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ICCSD to draft better maps for boundary changes

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Students in the Iowa City Community School District will not be forced to switch schools, at least for now.

In a work session, the school board turned down maps that would force some students to switch schools.

This comes after about a three month process in compliance with the district’s diversity program.

Sara Barron has two children in the Iowa City school district and says while her children are pretty accepting of the potential change, some others aren't.

“It’s been difficult to wrap their heads around, but I think they understand that everyone is being very careful and thinking about it,” said Barron. “My kids are OK with change, and they can manage whatever change comes their way, but that’s not true for every child in the district.”

Tuesday, the board requested that the administrative team draft another set of maps that would have the least impact on students, providing an outcome that the board says will be the best benefit for students.

The district's boundary changes have been a hot topic at meetings for several weeks, after a drafted boundary map would force two-thirds of Coralville Central elementary students to move to Kirkwood, and that is not setting well with some parents and some board members.

Barron says the board has been talking a lot of time talking about the maps and less time pushing for student achievement, but she says Tuesday night that changed.

“Parents just want to see that the school board is being conscientious about the impact that the changes are gong to have on their students.

In the first school board meeting on June 10th , the administrative team will present questions for the board to ensure they draft the best maps possible.

They administrative team will plan to present those maps in the first meeting in July.

The board says they will take a very active approach in community engagement to make sure the zone maps are in the best interest of the students.

They plan to have a public discussion in September before approval.

“Really excited to see the board tonight, move away from talking about just boundaries and maps, and start talking about student achievement and I hope they keep that up,” said Barron.

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