A variety of community leaders have signed a letter to the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors urging against splitting up a proposed district bond issue.
A variety of elected officials, business leaders and groups signed the letter, effectively endorsing not just the bond issue but the notion of funding the entire Facilities Master Plan in one go.
Here’s the letter:
January 19, 2017
Dear ICCSD Board of Directors,
The undersigned write to urge the Board to follow through with the District’s promise to fund a comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (FMP). The recently-discussed idea to reduce the bond request would require the Board to cut the FMP into sections. We believe reducing the bond and dissecting the FMP is a mistake that would fracture the District and risk bond failure.
The District website provides the following description of the FMP:
The plan as originally proposed and then modified over time was set up to balance the needs of existing and new facilities, the needs of elementary and junior high school and high school facilities, and the needs of the cities of Coralville, Hills, Iowa City, North Liberty, and University Heights and rural Johnson County. The selection of the timeline for projects was designed to balance these needs and the changes in scope and timeline proposed by the administrative team are a reflection of our understanding of the need to continue to have this balance in the plan.
The amount of resources, time, and thought that went into the FMP’s creation is well-documented and well-known to the community. Over the course of four years we have worked together to create a comprehansive, balanced plan. The Board faces a late-January deadline to submit a bond request to the state. A partial bond request by definition dissects the FMP. We are concerned that the community will lack confidence in an FMP that is modified over the course of only two weeks and three listening posts.
The community came together to create the FMP. Once the FMP is attached to a bond, it becomes a promise the District will keep. We stand ready to advocate for a full bond because we are committed to providing the children in our community a quality public education.
Supporters of 1-19-17 letter to ICCSD Board of Directors regarding bond request (as of 1-23-17)
Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce
Iowa City Area Development Group
Iowa City Downtown District
Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association
Every Student, Any School
Johnson County legislators:
Sen. Joe Bolkcom
Sen. Bob Dvorsky
Rep. Dave Jacoby
Rep. Vicki Lensing
Rep. Mary Mascher
Rep. Amy Nielsen
Area elected officials (in their individual capacities):
High school principals (in their individual capacities):
Local business leaders (in their individual capacities):
Ravi and Raj Patel
Facilities Master Plan taskforce members (in their individual capacities):
Mary Kate Pilcher Hayek and Matt Hayek
Brigette and Adam Ingersoll
Samantha Karrel and David Wieseneck
Kate and Joe Moreland
Leslie and Mark Nolte
Jessica and Josh Schamberger
Kelly Gallgher Terrill and Damon Terrill