Category Archives: Board

What will ICCSD’s School Bond Cost Me? More than you might think.

$1.95033 per thousand of assessed property valuation is the projected debt service levy (tax) for the $191.525 million school bond if it passes, for the year 2018-2019 as shown as  in Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD’s)  “2017-2018 Certified Budget” … Continue reading

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2017 ICCSD General Obligation Bond Frequently Asked Questions aka FAQs

Question :  What do Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) voters vote on during the September 12th election? A. Bond Ballot Referendum Language; B. Facilities Master Plan (FMP) of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD); or C. Specific projects … Continue reading

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ICCSD’s Isolation Boxes

The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) does many things well; however, the Iowa Department of Education Accreditation Final Report Iowa City School District  (Report), an audit of ICCSD’s provision of special education services, highlighted the need for improvement, including … Continue reading

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State Special Education Report of ICCSD Profoundly Disturbing

Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD’s) founded  and repeated failures to comply with special education law is a civil rights issue. The redacted Iowa Department of Education Accreditation Final Report Iowa City School District dated June 13, 2016 (Report) is profoundly disturbing, especially in its description … Continue reading

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The Proper Role of An Iowa School Board President

The contract between the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) and Stephen Murley, its Superintendent, has been in the news lately. Specifically, the contract (see here  at sections 13c and 15 has come into question because it allows superintendent Murley to … Continue reading

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Barbara Bryd-Bennett’s Guilty Plea: A Case Study of a School Board’s Failed Management

School board members, taxpayers, and parents everywhere can learn important lessons from the events leading up to the recent federal indictment of and eventual guilty plea by Barbara Bryd-Bennett, the former head of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), in connection with her relationship … Continue reading

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Part II of Should ICCSD Spend Money on ThoughtExchange?

Yikes, ThoughtExchange is back on the school board agenda–see here under the misnomer, Stakeholder Relations Report (MIS), which includes a link to an attachment showing a price of $170,720 for ThoughtExchange over five years.  This expense would be paid for by the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) taxpayer provided … Continue reading

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