Defining Our Future

Malcolm Price Laboratory School

Update on the Transition of Relocating Items and Assets from the Malcolm Price Laboratory School


August 17, 2012

On February 22, 2012 the Board of Regents approved closing Malcolm Price Laboratory School (MPLS) effective June 30, 2012.  This decision has been upheld in court.    

The process to close the school was administered by ten transition teams that were appointed March 20, 2012.  The following is a brief update on this transition; specifically, focusing on progress with the facility and assets. 

  • Since June 6, all students, parents, area schools, AEA’s and colleges have been able to obtain student academic records by contacting the UNI Registrar’s Office at 273-2278.
  • Beginning with the 2012-13 academic year, College of Education faculty will work closely with UNI students in restructured Level 1 and 2 field experiences embedded in area preK-12 schools, primarily with schools in the Cedar Falls and Waterloo Community School Districts.
  • The Center for Disability Studies in Literacy, Language and Learning, was relocated to Baker Hall 170 and 172 in early June. 
  • The Child Development Center (CDC) has had no interruption in service.  Children will continue to receive care in the existing location, the southeast corner of the school building, until the new site is ready in spring 2013.  (The CDC is planning to relocate to the west wing of the building in spring 2013.)
  • Asbestos abatement in the west wing of the school building will be completed August 16-31, 2012.  Renovation bids are being reviewed for the Child Development Center (CDC).  The CDC renovation is scheduled to be completed during fall 2012.  All CDC families have been invited to a meeting with the directors the week of August 13 for an update on the renovation.
  • Only the southeast corner of the school building which houses the Child Development Center is open.  All other portions of the building are closed including the Fieldhouse, due to asbestos abatement and future renovations.   
  • A process is in-place for the removal of equipment and assets from the building.  (The Regent institutions and the Board Office have established surplus property disposal procedures to ensure items defined as surplus by departments are placed within the institution to the extent feasible.  The process will ensure all items are properly utilized on-campus if appropriate, prior to being offered for public sale.)
  • Items that were already owned by departments’ on-campus were relocated back to the departments in June.  This included some equipment for Science Education, School Counseling, the Regents Center for Early Childhood Education, the ICN room, and some items to the Wellness and Recreation Center.
  • Other items at the school that have been requested for departmental use have been or will be relocated on-campus starting in July and continuing into September. 
  • All commemorative and historical type awards, trophies, plaques, and banners have been cataloged.  Items have been identified as commemorative (to be displayed in a commemorative type wall), to be retained in a trophy case for historical purposes, to be stored or archived, or to be made available for public auction at a later date.  It is a priority to preserve all significant awards and commemorative items.
  • Office furnishings for faculty relocating within the university were transferred by August 6.
  • During the week of August 13 employees had the opportunity to obtain surplus office supplies and materials from the building during identified times for university use.  These items have been delivered by transportation services to the on-campus offices.  An additional date to obtain office supplies and materials will be added during the week of August 20.  Please contact Kelly Flege at if you are still interested in office supplies or in viewing any items in the building.
  • In accordance with Board of Regents policies, items are being reused, relocated, recycled, archived or sold as appropriate.  Some items have been identified for online sale, e.g. school buses and student desks and have been available via public surplus.   Current online auctions are posted at,ia/browse/home with specific bid deadline dates.
  • In August and September the redistribution of equipment and supplies will conclude within the University as appropriate.
  • No date has been determined for a public auction.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and cooperation as we work through the details of closing the school and reassigning equipment and assets.  Specifically, the work completed by the Transportation Services and the Office of Business Operations staff has been greatly appreciated during these hot summer months.

If anyone has any questions regarding this update please contact Dwight C. Watson, Brenda Buzynski or Kelly Flege.