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. 

Larrison & Associates


School assemblies and swim meets at one local high school could look all together different, thanks to new proposal. This week, school administrators will meet with an architect to discuss the design for a new pool and auditorium at Davenport Central High School. 

Greg Larrison, architect and CEO of Larrison & Associates, has done work on the school for about thirty years. He designed a new gym 12 years ago. Replacing the 4-lane pool, which was built in the late 1920s, is the next critical project, he says.

BHS Stadium Improvements

Sep 4, 2014

Major improvements to the athletic facilities at Bettendorf High School have just been completed.

New help is available in the Quad Cities for children with special needs. An organization called The Homestead has opened an autism center, in Davenport.The Homestead CEO Steve Muller says the center on Utica Ridge Road opened in July and now serves about a dozen children. The Homestead already operates several other autism centers in Cedar Rapids and the Des Moines area.

As the new school year starts, students at North Scott High School are learning how to dodge demolition and construction. Work started this month on the next phase of renovations - the administrative offices, media center, and main entry. Director of Operations, John Netwal, says that follows updating of the locker rooms, wrestling rooms, and bathrooms in the 57 year old building.Netwal says this work at the high school is the latest project included in the updated master plan adopted two years ago.