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A Davenport School May Close Next Year

wvik staff
JB Young School in Davenport

The formal process for closing a Davenport school has started. Monday night. the board of education approved a resolution, calling for the closing of J-B Young.

Superintendent Art Tate says the school now serves students mainly from the central part of the city, in grades kindergarten through 8th.
The school is also at only 57 per cent of its enrollment capacity, meaning to be efficient the district should bring in other students, but he thinks closing it is the better alternative.

Last week, Doctor Tate held two meetings with staff and parents about the possible closing of J-B Young.

People understand but are unhappy about change.

If J-B young closes, its elementary students would transfer to either Madison or Jefferson schools, while the intermediate age students would go to Sudlow, Williams, or Smart.

Tate says the Davenport School District has a formal process for closing schools - it starts with a resolution, includes a public hearing, and must be approved by the board of education by mid-October, to take effect the following school year. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.