Panel criticizes school-boundary proposals

BY DI STAFF | DECEMBER 15, 2009 7:30 AM

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Iowa City School District boundary-change committee members critiqued possible redistricting solutions that consultants presented at a committee meeting on Monday.

Consultants suggested building a facility for high-school freshmen only, saying this option would help balance the number of students receiving free and reduced lunches between the two high schools.

But the majority of committee members agreed the potential plan would not meet criteria that School Board members set for the committee to consider while forming recommendations for redistricting solutions.

Consultants also suggested redirecting Lincoln Elementary students to eventually attend City High rather than West High and moving some freshmen at West High to Northwest Junior High.

Most committee members agreed they needed more information about redirecting Lincoln students, and moving freshmen would not meet School Board members’ criteria.

Consultant Mark Porter said the redistricting scenarios are works in progress.

“All the things we present tonight we’re going to redo,” he said, and the committee input will likely have a great effect on the changes the consultants make to the scenarios.

— by Holly Hines

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