Category Archives: Budget

ICCSD’s Problematic Facilities Master Plan (FMP)

We hear a lot from school board candidates about whether they support the Facilities Master Plan (FMP)–now projected to have an inflation adjusted cost of $340.4 million dollars–of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD). We need to hear more from … Continue reading

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The Public Comment Issue at School Board Meetings Just Won’t Die

The issue of Public (aka Community Comment) at school board meetings is yet again being brought up by the Policy and Engagement Committee of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), which examined what other government entities claim to do … Continue reading

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Here’s The Bottom Line–You Can’t Buy Trust

At $103,470 in PPEL dollars, Thought Exchange is expensive, however, like a dog with an old bone, top school leaders will just not let it go. So Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD’s) board will once again consider approving this … Continue reading

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Should ICCSD District Officials Use PPEL to Pay for This?

Many people appreciate community engagement. However, have district officials gone too far in recommending that the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) pay $103,470 out of the Physical Plant Equipment Levy (PPEL) fund over a three year period for ThoughtExchange … Continue reading

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Discretionary Busing or Who Will Get Thrown Off the ICCSD Bus?

The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) is considering whether to eliminate “discretionary” busing, otherwise known as busing for students who are not entitled to it under Iowa law. There is precedent for cutting such busing as ICCSD has cut … Continue reading

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Can the School PPEL Fund in Iowa Be Used for More Than Maintaining Infrastructure?

Yes, the PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy) fund can pay for, among other things, the following: PPEL can pay for musical instruments like a violin or a saxophone or a piano because they are equipment, and under Iowa law, PPEL … Continue reading

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The LOST Sales Tax Vote

Now that Iowa City’s vote on the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) has failed, the issue is not whether to bring a modified sales tax proposal before the public. Instead, the issue is whether to bother bringing another LOST vote … Continue reading

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