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Superintendent Stephen Murley will leave his job with the Iowa City school district in 2021

Iowa City Community School District Superintendent Stephen Murley will not seek to extend his current contract with the school district when it expires on June 30, 2021. Murley announced his decision in an email to ICCSD parents, students and staff on Tuesday afternoon. “As I look back on the past ten years, I am very proud to have been a part of a team […]

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ICCSD looks to reduce carbon footprint, following weeks of student protests

Change doesn’t happen overnight. For students in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), change took 11 weeks of protest every Friday during school hours, and appearing before the school board to express their concerns about climate change.
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Four Iowa City teachers to receive Inclusive Teaching Awards at event honoring the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board

In light of the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the Iowa City Department of Equity and Human Rights is recognizing area teachers for their inclusivity at the Iowa City Public Library on Friday afternoon. The event is the first of its kind. […]

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Letter to the editor: An open letter to the new Iowa City school board

At your very first school board meeting, you voted to approve a laundry list of school construction expenses. One of them was $28,000 to pay for balancing and conditioning mechanical systems at the new Hoover Elementary school. You were told by the ICCSD facilities manager, Duane Van Hemert that the extra money was required because the work wasn’t written into the original construction contract that the district allowed the contractor to write, and that it was work required by law. […]

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Iowa City’s Arc pArc offers solutions for playground accessibility

The Iowa City Community School District has been grappling with questions of accessibility on school playgrounds, with parents like Melissa Krishnan, whose 9-year-old son Isaiah uses a wheelchair, advocating for schools to use some of the methods adopted by local organizations like Arc of Southeast Iowa, to make sure every kid can play with their peers. […]

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Iowa City School Board votes against reinstating Stephanie Van Housen

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Iowa City Community School District Board Members narrowly voted against reinstating Stephanie Van Housen, former homeless liaison for the district, who was fired earlier this year. Discussion at the open meeting Tuesday night, which was packed with around 80 members of the public, centered around the reasons for Van Housen’s termination, and whether those reasons […]

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Letter to the Editor: JP Claussen for school board

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By Christine Grant, Coralville JP Claussen and I served together on the Advisory Committee for the Rape Victim Advocacy (RVAP) for several years and it was through this committee that I came to know and admire him greatly. What impressed me most was his real commitment to helping reduce violence against women and men in […]

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