As a long time elementary classroom teacher and Reading Recovery teacher in the Iowa City school district, I had the opportunity to work in several different buildings. I can attest to the huge disparities between our schools as well as to the negative impact that can have on students and teachers. I am referring to things such as no air conditioning, lack of accessibility for all, and adequate space in the building to accommodate the best programming for all of our students.
I applaud the district for taking the initiative in 2013 to thoughtfully create a comprehensive 10-year facility master plan that addresses many of these inequities. An impressive list of renovation and construction projects has been completed over the past four year — apparently on time and under budget. I enthusiastically support the long-term facility master plan as opposed to the patch, patch, patch process that has often been the case previously. I will be voting for the general obligation bond this September in order that this more comprehensive pro-active plan can continue rather than constantly trying to play catch up. With updated facilities more energy and resources can be focused on the important teaching/learning inside the classroom.
Join me in voting yes for our students and teachers on Sept. 12. They need our help. We can’t afford to let them down.
You can find out more about the bond at: www.iowacityschools.org/2017Bond