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Iowa City School Leaders Hold Workshop on Plans for Facilities

IOWA CITY, Iowa (CBS2/Fox28) -- School leaders in Iowa City want public input on some major challenges facing the district. Administrators met with the community Saturday morning at Parkview Church for a Facilities Master Planning Workshop

“Our biggest challenge right now is capacity. We are growing 300 or 400 students a year for the next 10 years,” said Dr. David Dude, Chief Operating Officer.

Possible scenarios for the district include building brand new schools, renovations and additions, and potentially retiring elementary schools. Some schools in the district are over capacity, and trends show future enrollment won’t let up.

“That growth is going to continue, so now it's time to develop a permanent solution,” said Sam Johnson, with BLDD Architects.

Dude says the meetings allow the public to give feedback. But some folks at Saturday’s meeting had their reservations. Despite all the data points, their concern was that their input would be used to green light a plan that, in the end, they wouldn’t agree with.

“If we did it just based on data, it would be a really simple question of what we do, but there is a lot more to it. There's a lot of history, and there's a lot of emotion involved,” said Dude.

Johnson says they do strongly consider public input, and need it to move forward. “It’s just very important that the people give the district their opinions, so that they can say, we've heard from the community, this is what we think we ought to do,” said Johnson.

The district will hold additional Facilities Master Planning Workshops Monday and Tuesday.
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