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Sioux City schools keep teachers and look at future facilities

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The Sioux City Community School Board makes decisions on teacher jobs and learn about future facilities survey. The Sioux City Community School Board makes decisions on teacher jobs and learn about future facilities survey.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

The Sioux City Community School District will get to keep eleven teachers it was being forced to cut because of federal sequestration.

The number of Title One reading teachers will still drop from 40 to 29 for the new school year.

However, five of the eleven will take on general classroom assignments, one will do special education, and the other five will become what's called "reading interventionists."

Officials say that group will help students, just like other Title One reading teachers, but their job will be paid for through a different funding stream, not federal dollars.

Where and how to replace Sioux City's Bryant Elementary school has also sparked a lot of discussion this past year.

It's one reason district leaders wanted to learn more about what community members care about when it comes to their schools.

Monday night, School Board members learned the results of a new, future facilities survey taken back in March.

Of those who responded, it shows more people care about school size and location, than neighborhood concerns.

Things that people said were most critical for future buildings: classroom size and technology, school safety, gymnasiums, library or media centers, and online lessons.

The district hopes to put the information to good use.

"Gather more input from our community members and also to hear from the silent majority who might not always give their voice, but we want to know what they're thinking," said Alison Benson, Director of Communications.

Things people cared least about: having separate lunchroom space, natural lighting, and green space.

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