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Public input sessions to be held as district plans to close eight elementary schools

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The Cedar Rapids Community School District is planning to close eight of their elementary schools while building new schools in the process. 

Public input sessions are being held this week they are as followed:

-November 6 at Jefferson High School

-November 8 at Kennedy High School

-November 9 at Washington High School

All of the public input sessions will take place at 6 p.m.

The plan includes closing Taylor, Truman, Van Buren, Madison, Nixon, Garfield, Grant Wood and Kenwood schools. 

Lyndsey Wright, a Truman parent says she found out about the potential closure on Facebook. 

It would likely be 15-20 years before the plan is complete. 

"It may not even effect my kids, my youngest is in kindergarten. It may or may not by the time he is in 4th or 5th grade but it still effects the community and I work with a lot of the families in the community so it's important for me to know what's going to happen to these kids," says Wright. 

The Master Facilities Plan includes expanding or rebuilding the remaining 13 schools which would each hold 600 students. 

For more than a year a committee made up of parents, community leaders and some staff have worked to come up with this plan so it isn't something the school board came up with on their own. 

"Initially I was a little skeptical about whether we were here to just rubber stamp a predetermined plan but shortly into the process I realized that was the furthest from the truth," says Lawrence Wenclawski, a committee member.

"We listened, we talked to each other,  sometimes we agree to disagree but overall it's a very good plan," he added. 

 The district hopes to fund the plan through the SAVE fund so they will be advocating for a 20 year extension on that. 

They are expected to vote on the issue in January. 

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