Davenport School District

Reducing poverty and improving literacy are among the top priorities for one school district in the Quad Cities. This week, members of the Davenport school board met to discuss their long-range plan for the district. 

Board president, Ralph Johanson, says administrators and board members are developing strategies to address poverty and low academic performance--all while preparing for a $4 million budget cut. 


Homecoming weekend at Saint Ambrose University will include an extra celebration this year. Saturday morning, the college will mark the completion of exterior renovations to Ambrose Hall. Mike Poster, vice president for finance, says the goal of the 5.6 million dollar project was to put the historic elements back on the first campus building, dating back to 1885.

The project also included replacing more than 500 windows, some original to Ambrose Hall, to help save money on energy. 

And for the first time, there's a clock on one side of the tower. 

Black Hawk College wants to help train the next generation of veterinary assistants. Tonight, the board of trustees will vote on funding for a new Veterinary Technician Center at the east campus near Kewanee. 

Interim president, Dr. Bettie Truitt, says the building would support a new 2-year degree program in veterinary technology and two certificate programs for veterinary assistants. She calls them high demand programs that'll give graduates a "nice paycheck."

 Black Hawk College will soon have a new head of money. Tonight, the board of trustees is expected to appoint Steven Frommelt as chief financial officer and board treasurer.  For over a decade, Frommelt has been an auditor, financial consultant, and chief financial officer for several organizations, including PCT Engineered Systems in Davenport.

Frommelt currently serves as director of accounting at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri.

If the board approves his appointment, Frommelt will start at Black Hawk College on September 29th. 

The nomination process for candidates for the Black Hawk College board of trustees has begun. Starting today, petitions are available for three seats that'll be on the ballot next April.  The board consists of 7 voting members from the college's nine county district in Western Illinois. And voters will fill positions now held by Donna Frye, who's finishing up a six-year term, and for Kylee Fox and John McCooley, who replaced two members who resigned.  To become a candidate for trustee, you must:

Visitors at an eastern Iowa museum can now relive the past with the help of modern technology. Thanks to a grant, the Sawmill Museum in Clinton is using a new computer kiosk to tell the story of the wood industry. The grant came from Elevate Iowa, a campaign to encourage education about advanced manufacturing. 

Museum director, Matt Parbs, says the kiosk helps the museum further its mission, which is to show visitors how wood tools, jobs, and the industry itself, have changed.  

Western Illinois University


One local university says more money in a college scholarship means better opportunities for students in the Quad Cities. This week, Western Illinois University announced plans to add to a fund for high-achieving incoming students, starting next fall. 

It's part of a scholarship program the school started in 2012. Incoming freshmen with a 3.0 GPA and at least a 20 ACT score are eligible to receive $8000 to $40,000. Andy Borst, director of admissions, says education needs more support in a tough economy. 

      This week, the Middle East Institute at St.Ambrose University will kick off a series of events for this fall. The institute, which opened last April, will host a reception at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport to invite the public to be involved.       Director Ryan Dye says the institute offers students and local residents a way to gain a better understanding of the Middle East.

      The SAU institute has scheduled a six day, Middle Eastern film festival next month, with screenings at the Figge, Rozz-Tox, and on campus.

Black Hawk College


Students at Black Hawk College are writing papers and checking out books from a new library. Today, the college held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Quad Cities Campus Library and Teaching/Learning Center. Renovations began in May and finished in August, just before classes started.

Ashton Trimble, director of Library Services, says the library has a new interior design, including a new elevator, carpet, sound panels, and energy efficient windows. 

The future of playgrounds, tracks, and tennis courts is up to residents in one local school district. Today, voters in the Bettendorf School District will decide whether to approve the Public Education & Recreation Levy, or PERL.

The proposed levy is 13.5 cents for every $1,000 in property value. It would pay for playground upgrades at 6 elementary schools and a new tennis court and track at Bettendorf High School.