Iowa City school district wants property annexed into Coralville
But request doesn't mean district plans to build school at site, officials say
The Iowa City school district wants property it has reserved for a new elementary school to be annexed into Coralville.
The school board is to vote Tuesday on a resolution seeking voluntary annexation of 12.19 acres off North Liberty Road between Coralville and North Liberty.
The request does not signal an imminent move to build an elementary school on the site, however, Superintendent Stephen Murley said Monday.
The surrounding property owner is petitioning to be annexed into Coralville and district officials believe it makes sense to seek annexation at the same time, Murley said. The district would have sought annexation at some point anyway in order to get utilities to the property for a new building.
The school district property is in an area that can only be annexed by Coralville under an agreement reached by Coralville and North Liberty in 2011 that ended a five-year annexation dispute.
More school property news may be coming later this month. At the May 21 school board meeting, Murley hopes to present to the board two properties for purchase.
One would be for a southeast Iowa City elementary school. The other would be for a North Liberty-area high school.
“We’re pretty close on both of those parcels,” Murley said.
The school board’s discussion likely would take place in closed session, with the public being able to weigh in at the next board meeting, he said.
The district also is in the market for land on the east side of Iowa City for another elementary school, Murley said.
The district needs the new schools to ease overcrowding at many of its existing facilities and to handle future growth. An enrollment study completed for the district this spring predicted the district would add nearly 3,000 students by fall 2022.In February, district voters approved a document that allows the district to borrow ahead on up to $100 million in sales tax revenue. District officials have said that money will go toward a new high school, three new elementary schools, building additions and repairs.