Iowa City Schools' $191 Million BondOur Children & Community Deserve Better
THIS BOND IS EXPENSIVE AND UNFOCUSED
$191 million is a huge amount. Essential projects get mixed with less important projects. $191 million in debt could be authorized with one vote, but there’s no way to ensure that taxpayers’ money is spent well.
ENROLLMENT PROJECTIONS ARE UNRELIABLE
Projections for the number of students in each building have changed several times. This bond builds more capacity than present projectionsshow we need. Some projects may not be necessary in the next 10 years.
DON'T CLOSE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS
Hoover Elementary School is at the core of a central, walkable, mixed-income, densely populated neighborhood and should be preserved. It is financially irresponsible to demolish a $12 million asset and rebuild the same capacity for more money on the edge of town.
WE CAN BUILD A BETTER BOND FOR ALL
What will happen if this bond loses? We will get a better bond; the choice is NOT between this bond or nothing. There are better options that show respect for students, teachers, staff, unions, sustainable development, preservation of existing schools, and taxpayers.