Letter: Vote yes to support Iowa City schools

The Iowa City Community School District is growing and we need more space. In addition, our older schools desperately need accessibility and air conditioning updates. I urge residents to vote yes on Sept. 12 to approve the funds needed to provide equitable classrooms and to finish Liberty High School.

Some who oppose the bond vote also oppose urban sprawl. This is a legitimate concern, but the school district has no control over this issue. The students are here, the needs exist. Support our students — and the need for adequate and equitable learning spaces — by voting in favor of this measure.

Of the 10 largest school districts in Iowa, the Iowa City school district (fifth largest) has the lowest property tax rate. Our kids are worth it. No student should have to learn in a temporary “mobile” classroom for several years in a row. No student should have to use ice packs and water bottles in a sweltering classroom, while trying to learn. No student should be unable to hear the teacher due to blowing fans.

Please vote yes and also consider casting your ballot for Shawn Eyestone, Ruthina Malone and Janet Goodwin.

Jacqueline Nelson

North Liberty

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