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Board adopts lower property-tax hike

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 14, 2010 7:30 AM

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Iowa City School Board members on Tuesday voted to adopt a less-than-anticipated increase in property taxes, along with reapproving curriculum changes they agreed on earlier this school year.

Property tax will increase by 3.52 percent — less than the 7.4 percent originally published by the board.

The proposed curriculum changes include new science class requirements for ninth-graders and alterations regarding physical-education waivers.

At a recent board meeting, some community members said they were concerned the changes didn’t correspond with recommendations made by the district’s curriculum-review committee.

Board members approved the changes based on recommendations by district administrators, said board member Toni Cilek.

The board voted 4-2 to pass the changes. Member Gayle Klouda abstained.

Board member Tuyet Dorau said she would need a stronger reason than matching curricula at the two high schools to make a change that didn’t align with curriculum-review recommendations.

— by Holly Hines

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