Following this month’s approval of a plan that opens up $100 million to the Iowa City school district, the school board next week will discuss a policy that reserves money for a new high school.
What exactly will be talked about is unclear, but some school board members expect it to be about repealing the policy.
At issue is a requirement that $3.2 million of sales tax revenue be saved annually for 10 years to go toward construction of a new high school. That policy was adopted by the school board in 2007 after voters approved a school infrastructure local-option sales tax, or SILO.
Last fall, a majority of school board members – most of them elected after that policy was approved – indicated they wanted to instead use the money on elementary school projects that they considered a more pressing need in the growing district.
Do you think the school board should repeal the policy?