Thomas Jefferson Elementary Will Close
After one more year, an elementary school in Bettendorf will close. The school board voted Monday to close Thomas Jefferson, and send its students to Mark Twain Elementary School next year.
Superintendent Mike Raso says Jefferson is 70 years old, and small: it has just one classroom, or section, for each grade.
"We're coming to a point at Jefferson where we need to put over one million dollars in that building just to fix it up. And it's a one section building so this was the time to look at consolidating buildings and trying to save some of those facility dollars."
Raso also estimates closing Jefferson will save about $400,000 a year in personnel costs
Mark Twain has two sections for each grade now, but construction will begin soon on a new school that will have three for each grade. And the new Mark Twain should open one year from now.
Raso says the board of education also gave him permission to start the process of selling Jefferson.