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BY DI STAFF | JULY 15, 2015 5:00 AM

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School Board discusses funding, Hoover

The Iowa City School Board members met on Tuesday and discussed governor’s school-funding decision.

The meeting began with an Iowa City Education Association update by Brady Shutt, who discussed Gov. Terry Branstad’s decision to veto an additional one-time $55.7 million in funding to the state’s school districts.

“Today the Iowa City Education Association wants to convey its deep and profound disappointment in Gov. Branstad’s July 2 veto of the $55.7 million,” Shutt said.

This veto comes two months after the funding had been approved with bipartisan support by the Legislature for the 2015-16 school year.

Also at the meeting, board and community members discussed concerns surrounding the closing of Hoover Elementary.

The board has had plans to close Hoover since 2013, and the School Board has said that the closing will happen no earlier than the 2017-18 school year.

The closing of Hoover coincides with the construction of South Elementary, which will be completed this fall.

School Board President Chris Lynch said he and board member Orville Townsend attended a listening post hosted by the Save Hoover Committee earlier in June.

Lynch said there were some main follow-ups to this meeting. First of these was the Hoover transition, as well as the plan to retain the great teachers.

“One thing that everyone was really passionate about is the teachers,” Orville said. “They are concerned that once teachers feel that they don’t have security that they’ll jump on the first ship that comes, and we will really lose some good teachers.”

Many in the community assume that the current teachers at Hoover will automatically go to the new school, but many are concerned that this is not the case, and the board has yet to make this information clear.

“The next was the city master plan and how the Hoover property will be utilized,” Lynch said.

The location of Hoover is also attractive to the Iowa City School District because it is next door to City High.

“There was a lot of frustration, as this has been going on for a while,” Townsend said.  “They felt as they can’t get information as to what is going to happen to the space. ”

The School Board discussed this during the main agenda as City High Phase 2, which details the possible feasibility of advancing the design aspect of the project in order to provide details on the long-term plan for the site of Hoover Elementary.

Possible uses for the site have ranged from athletics spaces, classes, facilities, courts, and playgrounds.

— by Raphael Gelfand

Area man charged with domestic abuse

Authorities have accused a Coralville man of strangling a woman on a bed.

Rudolph Edwards, 45, was charged Sunday with domestic-abuse assault impeding air/blood flow.

According to the Coralville police, Edwards allegedly straddled the woman on a bed.

He reportedly grabbed her face with his hand and then put both hands around her neck while yelling at her.

The woman had pain from scratches on her neck and nose and had a swollen lip when police arrived.

Domestic-abuse assault impeding air/blood flow is a Class-D felony. 

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of selling marijuana to a 14-year-old in March.

Tremell Wilkins, 26, was charged March 4 with controlled-substance violation and drug distribution to a person under 18.

According to the Iowa City police, police executed a narcotics search warrant at Wilkins’ residence, in which they found Wilkins and Marvella Lindsey.

Lindsey was reportedly attempting to flush individual packages of marijuana down the toilet.

During an interview with police, Wilkins admitted to selling the marijuana.

A cell phone belonging to Wilkins was confiscated during a search on which text messages with a third party were found.

The texts were to a 14-year-old and showed that person requesting weed from Wilkins.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony, and drug distribution to a person under 18 is a Class-B felony.

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