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Paul Deaton

IC board hears update on NL’s future schools

IOWA CITY– Duane Van Hemert, physical plant director for the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), updated the operations committee on progress of the facilities capital improvement plan at a June 23 meeting.
Included were reports on Van Allen Elementary, Penn Elementary and the proposed high school in North Liberty.
There have been challenges; however, improvements and construction are expected to proceed on schedule, Van Hemert indicated.

IC school board president resigns

Murley’s contract ok’d, most administrators receive pay raise

IOWA CITY–The community came together on Tuesday, June 24, near the intersection of Sycamore Street and Daniel Place to turn symbolic shovels of dirt for the first new school in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) in more than 20 years. That would have been news enough.
However, it was part of a busy day that ended with the resignation of Sally Hoelscher as school board president.
Hoelscher’s unexpected resignation toward midnight capped the news.

Temporary or permanent? Council mulls Windmill sewer

SOLON– The developer is ready to proceed, but the city is not.
An additional phase for Windmill Estates is in a holding pattern as the city decides how best to address sewer needs for the subdivision.
The City Council discussed the constraints of a substantial debt repayment schedule last week when considering how to pay for a new wastewater lift station, trunk sewer line and water tower.
It is a challenge for any government to pay for the wants and needs of services and capital improvements, and the City of Solon proved to be no exception.

Board gives attendance zone guidance, approves FY2015 budget adjustment

ICCSD talks school zones

IOWA CITY– During a four-and-a-half hour session, the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) board of education provided guidance to Superintendant Steve Murley on mapping attendance zones, and approved the 2015 budget at their June 10 meeting.
The school board appeared willing to moderate the mandates of the district diversity policy when re-drawing attendance zone maps, and the 2015 budget cuts, including world languages, sports, libraries and music programs, were approved without substantial changes.

Steve Duncan appointed to City Council

Council considers utility franchise for Alliant Energy

SOLON– The Solon City Council appointed Steve Duncan to fill the vacant council seat created when Steve Stange was appointed mayor.
“We’ve had a vacancy (on the council),” began Stange. “One of my goals was to try and find somebody that was kind of keeping up on what’s going on in the city, and has been active in our council meetings. I was looking for somebody that was in an area that is under development.”
“I approached Steve Duncan who ran for school board in the past,” said Stange.

ICCSD board rejects attendance zone maps; sets tenuous timeline

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Directors discussed administration recommendations on attendance zone maps at their May 27 work session.
They didn’t like what they saw.
After almost two hours of discussion, the board directed Superintendent Steve Murley to return June 10 with clarifying information, after which his team would re-draw the maps. They delayed re-districting for secondary school attendance zones until the elementary schools were determined and matriculation could be gauged.