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Iowa City Schools Look at Plans to Make More Room for Students

IOWA CITY (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- All three of Jill Terrill's children have gone to the same elementary school--sort of like a family tradition.
"There are lots of good memories here at Lincoln Elementary school," said Terrill.
When she found out that it was on a list of schools that could be getting closed down, she wasn’t happy.
"I don't know that upset is the right word for it, but I'll definitely be sad," Terrill said.
Closing Lincoln, Hills, Hoover and Mann Elementary schools are part of a plan developers are looking at to make more room at overcrowded Iowa City schools.
The rationale - closing smaller schools frees up more money to build classrooms at other schools.
"We're behind right now in terms of physical space we have for our students," said Stephen Murley, Superintendent of Iowa City Schools.
They're also looking at shifting students around.
Sixth graders could be placed with seventh and eighth graders.
Ninth grade students could go into high school centers.
Developers expect the school district to grow an extra 300 students per year, taking it from the near 13,000 students they have now to 15,000 in the next 10 years.
"That kind of growth we're going to continue to be behind, so we're working to catch up," Murley said.
Parents like Jill say, in the end, they'll support the district's decision, as long as it's fair and not drawn out.  
"Make a decision instead of having weeks and months and months of talk about it," Terrill said.
The school district is going to outline these ideas and get public reaction to them.
Those meetings will all be at Parkview Church on Foster Road.
The first is this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. The second meeting is Monday the 13th at 9:00 a.m. and the last meeting is next Tuesday, the 14th at 6:00 p.m.
The ideas will be presented to the school board on June 4th.
 
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