One-stop Shopping for the 2017 ICCSD School Election

Chris Liebig is still on the ICCSD school board, so I’ve agreed to host a one-stop shopping election post again this year. Candidate filing won’t begin until Monday, July 10th and won’t end until Thursday, August 3rd at 5 pm. However, with the ballot issue language set, and with information presentations about it and advocacy to pass it already underway, it makes sense to get this post up and running sooner rather than later.

I will be using this post as a collection point for information about the 2017 ICCSD regular school election scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th. I will continue to add information here as it becomes available. If you see that I have missed something, as surely I will, please suggest additional links in the comments, by e-mail, or by Twitter.

THE BASICS

Three four-year school board seats are up for election. There will also be a general obligation bond (GO bond) ballot issue, intended to fund the remaining projects on the district’s ten-year facilities master plan (FMP), which was last updated in January of this year. There is also an effort underway to petition for a ballot question related to demolition of the Hoover Elementary School building (see new section added below for more information).

CANDIDATES

Candidate Statements and Profiles

  • JP Claussen: News coverage here; Gazette profile, P-C profile
  • Shawn Eyestone: News coverage here; Gazette profile, P-C profile
  • Janet Godwin: News coverage here; Gazette profile, P-C profile
  • Ruthina Malone: News coverage here; Gazette profile, P-C profile

Campaign Websites, Social Media, and Campaign Reports

Campaign reports filed with the Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board may include a short form attribution filing (DR-SFA) or a DR-1 Statement of Organization. Candidates who exceed $1,000 in donations, expenditures, or debt must file a DR-1 Statement of Organization (candidate’s committee) and a DR-2 Disclosure Summary Page, with attached reports, will be due five days prior to the election, and January 19, 2018.

Candidate Questionnaires

Debates and Candidate Forums

GO BOND BALLOT ISSUE

Shall the Board of Directors of the Iowa City Community School District in the County of Johnson, State of Iowa, be authorized to contract indebtedness and issue General Obligation Bonds in an amount not to exceed $191,525,000 to provide funds to address health, safety, and accessibility issues in all school buildings, including air conditioning all school buildings, reducing the use of  temporary classroom structures in the District, addressing classroom, lunchroom, and gymnasium overcrowding, and dedicating rooms to art, music, prekindergarten, and science by constructing, furnishing and equipping a new building, constructing additions to and/or remodeling, repairing, and improving the school buildings remaining in the District’s Facilities Master Plan, as follows:  Mann and Lincoln renovations, Liberty High athletic facilities construction and site improvements, new elementary school construction in North Liberty and site improvements, West High renovation, South East and North Central Junior High additions, Shimek renovation, City High addition and upgrades, Wood addition, Wickham upgrades, Garner and Northwest additions, Liberty High addition, Horn renovation, Kirkwood addition, Borlaug, Alexander, and Lemme additions, and Tate High addition and upgrades?

Committees

Other Links

POTENTIAL HOOVER ELEMENTARY BALLOT QUESTION

Save Hoover Elementary is collecting signatures to petition to have the following language included on the ballot for the September 12th school election:

Shall the Iowa City Community School District in the County of Johnson, State of Iowa, demolish the building known as Hoover Elementary School, located at 2200 East Court Street in Iowa City, after the completion of the 2018-19 school year, with the proceeds of any resulting salvage to be applied as specified in Iowa Code section 297.22(b)?

Other Links

NEWS COVERAGE

Articles and posts substantively discussing the school board election. See Candidate Statements and Profiles for articles about individual candidates announcing campaigns, candidate profiles, and candidate statements.

COMMENTARY

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One thought on “One-stop Shopping for the 2017 ICCSD School Election

  1. Karen W Post author

    The following comment was posted by Chris Liebig at the Press-Citizen website on the article “Committee seeks ‘yes’ votes on Iowa City schools’ bond issue”, reposted here with his permission:

    I’d like to clarify what I’m quoted as saying here. Hoover East is already being built and is not being funded by the proposed G.O. bond. I cited it, however, as an example of where the district has chosen to build new elementary capacity in areas where there is not a high student density. When we drew boundaries last year, the administration informed us that there were fewer than 100 elementary kids within a mile of Hoover East—as opposed to, for example, the 572 kids within a mile of the existing Hoover School.

    Now we’re told that, by the time the bond-funded projects are finished, the elementary capacity in the City High zone will exceed our projected enrollment (even ten years out) by over 700 seats. I don’t understand why we should fund capacity expansions that our enrollment projections do not support, especially given the building that we have already done.

    Maybe our enrollment will ultimately exceed our projections and that capacity will become necessary. But it would make more sense to bond for a couple of years of projects, then re-assess our future needs at that time.

    To compare the enrollment projections with the planned building capacity, compare Column M and Column O on this chart:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8cNma9gMZmgUE90VnJ0X3VGWDg/view

    Reply

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