MOLINE – Moline-Coal Valley School Board members on Monday night voted unanimously to move forward with a new multi-purpose physical education facility at Moline High School.

Board members voted to accept the recommendation of Superintendent Lanty McGuire to build the new structure onto the high school with the aim of creating a safer physical education space for high school students. The board also accepted his recommendation to form a committee with representatives from the school board and the community to seek a cooperative partnership to build a new swimming pool.

McGuire's recommendation includes four multi-use courts, updated locker rooms, a new weight room and a six-lane track. It's the new track, which was not part of previous plans, that upped the estimated price tag from between $8 million to $10 million to $12 million to $13 million. According to chief financial officer Dave McDermott, the district could expect a seven-year bond repayment period.

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