J.B. Young

The main gym at the former J.B. Young K-8 School is used for storage, but it will be improved during the renovation process so that it can be used by sports groups, including Beyond the Baseline and the Quad-City Youth Sports Foundation.

The Davenport School Board meeting tonight starts at 5:30 p.m., a half hour early, to honor student board members as well as those who were elected to the board on Sept. 12.

Clyde Mayfield was re-elected, while Allison Beck and Bruce Potts are the newcomers.

Students board members for 2017-18: Central High School, Conner Bedell and Zahria Flake; Mid-City High, Samantha Niksich; North High, Larry Ferguson and Katie Sturmer; and West High, Madison Cousins, Chana Eckhardt, and alternate, Andrew Wright.

During the regular session that begins at 6 p.m., Davenport School Board President Ralph Johanson will conduct a public hearing on the plans for the renovation of the former J.B. Young K-8 School into the district’s achievement center.

In addition the board will discuss the district policy on renting the gym at J.B. Young, and other gyms, for both district and public use.

In an email message on Oct. 3, Superintendent Art Tate addressed the issue to board members, and said the "School Feeder List" includes various practice sites around Davenport, but does not include J.B. Young gym. That's because, Tate said, that gym is under contract for other youth programs "equally important" to support the Davenport students.

The school feeder list outlines which elementary schools feed into which middle and high schools. Central's feeder schools are listed as Mid-City High School, Sudlow Intermediate, Washington, Eisenhower, McKinley, Garfield and Madison elementary schools.

Reservations for gyms are made through a website, SchoolDude.

In December 2016, Mayfield raised concerns about Central's feeder schools being able to use the J.B. Young gym for sports like basketball and volleyball. Also at Dec. 5 meeting, a plan was put forward for the Beyond the Baseline organization, also called Quad-City Youth Sports Foundation, to use the gym.

The board meets at 6 p.m. in the third-floor Jim Hester board room at the Achievement Service Center, 1606 Brady St., Davenport.

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