Preserve Our Community Schools

Letter to the Editor

Preserve Our Community Schools

At many School Board meetings I have introduced myself as a Hoover parent; but I am also a Lincoln, Longfellow, Hills and Penn stakeholder, as well as every other school in the ICCSD. At the Tuesday, July 9th Board meeting, Julie Van Dyke stressed the emphasis of the community in the Iowa City Community School District. We have to look at the entire community and to preserve it as a whole. Tearing down old schools to build new ones miles away will create a concrete donut which will not be palatable nor beneficial to our community.

The public has spoken through the BLDD forums and at Board meetings. We want to maintain our existing community schools districtwide. The RPS gives us money to make overdue renovations as well as additions to existing community schools and where needed, build new schools.

The Town and Gown relationship between ICCSD and all the communities that make up our School District has to be strengthened and unified not divided and weakened.

We also have to keep in mind that educating our youth is not a one-size fits all proposition. We should not use a Walmart style business model where every school is the same size like Little Boxes by Malvina Reynolds and made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.

We have great diversity in our community and this is a tremendous asset not a liability. Together we can strengthen our community, our schools and our neighborhoods.

Phil Hemingway