New Mark Twain building takes shape

The new Mark Twain Elementary is on track to be completed by its planned time in late November and ready for student use after winter break.

in with retractable dividers in the commons and spacious hallways.

The new school is equipped with a flexible layout for students and staff to work

The main entrance leads into the main office for a more secure flow of visitors. The first level contains the main office, commons, cafeteria, gym, fine arts and classrooms for kindergarten through second grade. The second level has classrooms for third, fourth and fifth grade.

The school shows similarities to the year-old Grant Wood Elementary. “Learning stairs,” large stairs that act as a work area for students, are featured in both schools. Open space and natural lighting are also prominent in the designs.

A new parking lot will range from Lincoln Road to the new main entrance. Buses now have a designated drop-off on the 18th Street side.

A playground for younger students will be created behind the school, next to the preschool and kindergarten classrooms. A separate playground and field for older students will be placed in the front.

The Bettendorf Community School District purchased a house alongside the property in order to demolish it and move the school farther away from Duck Creek. This distance plays a vital role in avoiding soil issues.

Superintendent Michael Raso said the construction of Mark Twain has run smoothly without many major inconveniences.

[View a slideshow of the construction here]

The front of the building with its Bush Construction/Legat Architects render.


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