Iowa City Community School District, Iowa

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Iowa City Community School District
Iowa City, IA
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District Profile
Superintendent:Stephen Murley
Graduation rate:89%
Number of schools:25
Budget: $187.5 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Marla Swesey
Board members:7
Term length:3
Iowa City Community School District is a school district in Iowa that served 12,545 K-12 students in 2012.[1] It is the fifth-largest school district in Iowa based on enrollment.

About the district


Iowa City is located in Johnson County, Iowa
Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County, which is located in eastern Iowa. The city’s population is 70,133 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


Iowa City outperforms the rest of Iowa based on higher education achievement while underperforming the rest of Iowa in median household income and persons below poverty level. The 2010 U.S. Census found that the median household income in Iowa City is $41,956 compared to $50,451 for Iowa. The percentage of residents over 25 years old with a bachelor's degree or higher in Iowa City (58.2%%) than Iowa (24.9%). Iowa City has a higher poverty rate at 28.5% than the 11.9% rate for the entire state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Iowa City (%) Iowa (%)
White 82.5 91.3
Black or African American 5.8 2.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.2 0.4
Asian 6.9 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 1.8
Hispanic or Latino 5.3 5.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 67 31
2008 70 28
2004 64 34
2000 59 34

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


The current Superintendent is Stephen Murley, who has held the position since his appointment in 2010. Prior to arriving in Iowa, Steve served in three Wisconsin school districts as a teacher, coach, building administrator, human resources director and superintendent.[5]

School board

The Iowa City School Board consists of seven members elected at-large to four-year terms.[6]

Iowa City School Board
Member District Term Ends
Marla Swesey At-large 2015
Patti Fields At-large 2015
Brian Kirschling At-large 2017
Tuyet Dorau At-large 2017
Sally Hoelscher At-large 2015
Jeff McGinness At-large 2015
Chris Lynch At-large 2017

School board elections

See also: Iowa City Community School District elections (2013)

Members of the Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Each election is held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in September of odd-numbered years. Three seats were up for election on September 10, 2013 and four seats are up for election in 2015.[6]


The table below displays the budget for the Iowa City Community School District:

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2011-2012 $108,521,325 57.9% $8,602,615 4.6% $10,091,744 5.4% $9,112,756 4.9% $51,190,516 27.3% $187,518,956
Averages: $108,521,325 58% $8,602,615 5% $10,091,744 5% $9,112,756 5% $51,190,516 27% $187,518,956

Teacher salaries

The District employs 904 teachers and 39 paraeducators.[1] Teacher salaries are not posted online.


The sole bargaining unit for District teachers is the Iowa City Education Association. It is a local branch of the National Education Association. The ICEA's website states that it has over 700 members.[7]

Schools in Iowa City


Iowa City Community School District served 12,545 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district has experienced an 8.2% increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2013. The following chart details total enrollment in the district within that time span:[8]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 11,718
2008-2009 11,748 .02
2009-2010 11,903 1.3
2010-2011 12,010 .8
2011-2012 12,454 3.5
2012-2013 12,774 2.5

District schools

Iowa City Community School District operates 25 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Iowa City Schools
Name Grades
Borlaugh Elementary School PK-6
City High School 9-12
Coralville Central Elementary School PK-6
Garner Elementary School PK-6
Hills Elementary School PK-6
Hoover Elementary School PK-6
Horn Elementary School PK-6
Kirkwood Elementary School PK-6
Lemme Elementary School PK-6
Lincoln Elementary School PK-6
Longfellow Elementary School PK-6
Lucas Elementary School PK-6
Mann Elementary School PK-6
North Central Junior High School 7-8
Northwest Junior High School 7-8
Penn Elementary School PK-6
Shimek Elementary School PK-6
South East Junior High School 7-8
Tate High School 9-12
Twain Elementary School PK-6
Van Allen Elementary School PK-6
Weber Elementary School PK-6
West High School 9-12
Wickham Elementary School PK-6
Wood Elementary School PK-6

Academic performance

2010-2011 composite ACT test scores were 25.5, above the state average 22.3 and the national average of 21.1. According to the District, 82% of graduates plan to attend either a technical college, or a two-year or four-year college.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag

According to this report, Iowa City Community School District was considered a District in Need of Assistance based on reading scores. The State Report Card also highlighted 18 district schools that were considered Schools in Need of Assistance based on math or reading scores.

State performance levels

Reading Performance Achievement Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Low Intermediate High
3 23.2 59.6 17.3
4 25.6 56.6 17.8
5 25.7 59.4 14.9
6 35.4 50.6 14.0
7 32.5 55.0 12.4
8 33.9 54.6 11.5
11 16.1 69.2 14.8

Math Performance Achievement Levels, 2011-2012
Grade Low Intermediate High
3 20.5 56.2 23.3
4 21.8 56.2 22.0
5 22.0 54.6 23.4
6 28.4 52.4 19.2
7 21.2 59.1 19.8
8 25.4 55.6 19.0
11 17.2 65.0 17.8

Performance comparisons

Percentage of Students at Achievement Level, Reading, Grade 4
Achievement Level Iowa United States
Below Basic 31 34
Basic 35 34
Proficient 27 25
Advanced 6 7

Percentage of Students at Achievement Level, Math, Grade 4
Achievement Level Iowa United States
Below Basic 14 18
Basic 43 42
Proficient 37 33
Advanced 6 6

Percentage of Students at Achievement Level, Reading, Grade 8
Achievement Level Iowa United States
Below Basic 23 25
Basic 44 43
Proficient 31 29
Advanced 2 3

Percentage of Students at Achievement Level, Math, Grade 8
Achievement Level Iowa United States
Below Basic 23 28
Basic 43 39
Proficient 26 26
Advanced 8 8


School closings

The board met on July 16, 2013 to discuss the possibility of closing schools. The board received a set of proposals from a community committee, one which called for the closing of Hoover, Lincoln, and Hills elementary schools and another that only called for the closing of Hoover Elementary. District officials are attempting to address facility needs in the growing school district.[10] On July 26, 2013, the School Board voted 5-2 in favor of closing Hoover Elementary in 2018. The two dissenting votes were made by Marla Swesey and Tuyet Dorau.[11]

Racial disparity

On July 24, 2013 the Coalition for Racial Justice released a report about racial equity in Johnson County. The report noted that black and hispanic students in Iowa City Community School District aren't achieving at the same levels as their white or asian counterparts. The report mentioned the diversity policy passed by the Iowa City Community School District in an attempt to curb socioeconomic disparities between ICCSD schools. The report also mentioned that these students are underrepresented by having only one minority member on the Iowa City Community School Board.[12]

Website evaluation

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The good

  • School board meeting schedules[13], agendas[14], and minutes[15] are available.
  • Elected officials' names and contact details are posted.[16]
  • An administrative organizational chart is provided[17], along with an employee email address directory.[18]
  • The district's public records policy is posted online.[19]
  • Annual performance report cards are published.[20]

The bad

  • Tax information is not posted.
  • Complete budget documents are not available.
  • Contracts are not available.
  • Audits are not published.
  • Background check and other teacher certification details are not provided.

Contact information

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1725 North Dodge St.
Iowa City, IA. 52245

See also

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