I owe a lot to the Iowa City Community School District. For the past 13 years, I have had the opportunity to work with students and teachers who have made me proud to live in Iowa City. However, I also have seen infrastructure inadequacies in the district since I was five years old.
Our community has the opportunity to directly resolve these issues and improve every school in the district by voting for the general obligation bond on Sept. 12. The bond is not a blank check for the school board or administration. Rather, it will fund the second half of the district’s facility master plan, which is a crucial investment in the education of every student in our community.
We cannot postpone these facility upgrades. The learning environments for students throughout the district already have been disrupted. At Weber, I bundled up in subzero temperatures to use a bathroom because my “temporary” classroom did not have one. During my last two years at West High, school was dismissed early more times due to the lack of air conditioning rather than snow.
Voting for the bond will make our schools accessible to those with disabilities, keep our arts and athletic facilities competitive with the rest of the state, and suitably prepare for our growing population. I want the K-12 experience to be better for my sister and all current and future students in the district. I encourage everyone to go to the polls. Our students, teachers, and community deserve better.