In addition to construction of a new elementary school and updating of the heating/ventilation/air-conditioning system at the high school in the Bettendorf school district, other Scott County districts also have project in the works. Following is a look at those.
Davenport: Work is ongoing to complete improvements for the Administrative Service Center to move to the J.B. Young Opportunity Center, the former school, this summer.
Also on deck: A $2.5 million project at Brady Street Stadium to replace the turf and replace the track, making it eight lanes, and projects totaling $1.5 million to replace part of the roof and do masonry and limestone repair at Central High School.
In addition, the school board approved a long-range facilities plan in mid-February that includes building new multi-purpose athletic facilities at North, Central and West high schools, beginning at North.
The plan also includes corridor renovations and locker replacements at West, as well as the purchase of a chiropractic clinic building near Brady Street Stadium as part of long-term development of the athletic facility.
Pleasant Valley: Work continues on a $20.3 million project at the high school that both remodels existing space and adds new.
New construction includes a three-story tower on the east side of the building that contains 10 classrooms, including science labs, that will be ready for the 2018-19 school year. Previously, the school's academic areas were all on the west side.
Also new: a gym that also will be ready for the 2018-19 school year, and a larger, security-enhanced entrance, administrative offices and commons area that are all finished now, or nearly so, Superintendent Jim Spelhaug said.
The commons is a space that will give students a place to be when they aren't in class and will relieve overcrowding in the cafeteria, with "grab and go" food available, he said.
As the new gym is completed this summer, the existing gym will be divided into several uses — a hallway to connect the new tower on the east side with existing academic areas on the west side, music rooms (with tall ceilings) and continued space for physical education classes, Spelhaug said.
Elsewhere in the district, a $1.49 million project will begin this spring at Cody Elementary School in LeClaire that will add four new classrooms and remodel the office area. Parking space also will be added, he said.
This work will accommodate increasing enrollment and position the school to become three sections (three classrooms of each grade) when enrollment and finances warrant it, he said.
Similar work recently has been completed at Bridgeview Elementary, in LeClaire, and Pleasant Valley Junior High, positioning both schools for anticipated growth.
Finally, the district expects to let bids before Christmas 2018 for construction of the new Forest Grove Elementary School along Forest Grove Road. This will be a partnership with the city of Bettendorf, which is developing a park in the area, Spelhaug said.
North Scott: Work is underway on a $3.7 million renovation to the high school auditorium in Eldridge that includes a 3,000-square-foot entrance that is complete, Superintendent Joe Stutting said.
The bulk of the work, though, will begin in mid-May with gutting of the interior and totally renovating the 40-year-old space with all new seats, stage ramps, sound system and lights.
The project is on a tight timeline, as the work needs to be finished by Oct. 1 for the fall play, Stutting said.