Future uncertain for three elementary schools


The future is uncertain for three Bettendorf elementary schools as the school district continues its process of updating the facilities.

At the Monday, Jan. 9 meeting, board members discussed the plan for the elementary facilities.

Originally, Grant Wood was the first facility to receive upgrades and transition to a three-section school.

Updating to Mark Twain and Thomas Jefferson was to follow.

However, due to the age of the buildings, project costs are estimated to be more than half the cost of a new facility.

Now the board is discussing the future of those three buildings.

The district is discussing combining Mark Twain and Jefferson and making a three-section school, either on the two existing campuses, or a new school at Meier Park.

With a new three-section school, students from Grant Wood could be transferred throughout the district while Grant Wood is torn down and replaced with a new building.

Mark Twain, Jefferson, and Meier Park's soil boring is being examined, and site surveys are being conducted.

Information about the future of the facilities will be released to the public as soon as more becomes available.

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