The home of Friday night lights in Davenport is getting a $2.6 million makeover. The remodeling of Brady Street Stadium is almost completed, but the field will be ready for the start of football season Thursday night.
As costs go up and enrollment falls, the Davenport school board is looking at a range of options, including closing some schools. The latest option would close Monroe Elementary and convert Smart Intermediate into an elementary building.
Hoping to save money, the Davenport School District is considering a major investment in solar energy. The district has received proposals from five companies, and the top-rated proposal so far would include installing solar panels at 14 buildings.
The superintendent of the Davenport schools wants to improve security, but will need permission from the state. Wednesday night the board of education approved making an amergency request to the Iowa School Budget Review Committee.
Davenport School Superintendent Art Tate will not get his "day in court" after all. Tuesday's hearing before an administrative law judge has been cancelled because the administrative law judge has already found him guilty.
Construction will begin soon on a new armory in Davenport for the Iowa National Guard. On Wednesday the guard held a groundbreaking ceremony on West Kimberly Road at Wisconsin Avenue, for its new "readiness center."
Iowa school districts will receive some additional new money next year. Thursday Governor Kim Reynolds signed an education funding bill that will provide 5 dollars more for per pupil spending, and money to help mostly rural districts pay the high cost of busing their students.
Job cuts and closing a school will help the Davenport School District balance its budget. Those are among the recommendations that will help the district satisfy state officials who've set a deadline of next year.