An athletic facilities project at North High School may begin sooner than anticipated after the Davenport Community Schools board on Monday approved a revised long-range facilities plan.

Mike Maloney, director of operations for the school district, answered questions from board members about the plan, which included a $710,000 multi-purpose facility set for fiscal year 2019-2020.

Board member Julie DeSalvo asked whether the facility, which had been postponed, could move ahead this year. After some discussion and questions from board members, Maloney said that it may be possible to start the project sooner.

Members of the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee will meet to determine whether it is "possible and reasonable" to begin the project this year.

The board approved the long-range plan, including the North project and similar facilities for West and Central high schools.

The plan also includes West High School corridor renovations and locker replacements, as well as the purchase of a chiropractic clinic building near Brady Street Stadium as part of long-term development of the athletic facility.

The plan also includes a $2.5 million Brady Street Stadium turf and track replacement project for an eight-lane track and other improvements.

In other action, the board approved:

• A school budget review committee (SBRC) plan that Superintendent Art Tate discussed. The plan, which categorizes funding sources, including options for early retirement, shows the district proposal for a positive balance for 2018-19 that it can retain for the next few years, Tate said. The committee reviews budgets and holds hearings on requests to modify school district budget limitations.

• Plans for a roof section replacement for Central High School at an estimated cost of $1 million from the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) funds.

• Masonry and limestone repair at the north elevation of Central High School that will help with maintenance at the facility. Estimated cost is $500,000, which will be drawn from the PPEL and SAVE funds.


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