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Final Vote on Bettendorf Schools Budget

The Bettendorf school board is expected to give its final approval Thursday night to a budget for next year. And that's just in time because Friday is the deadline to have it submitted to the state.

Director of Finance Brietta Collier says the district will spent 72 million dollars next year.

"Our overall expenditures are projected to be a little bit less in the fiscal 2023 year and that's really because we're finishing some construction projects. We've got our Hoover Elementary re-model, and then some of those ESER funds (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) - those resources have shifted - and we've spent down some of that money."

The district has also used some of its federal pandemic aid for summer school - to hire more staff and raise wages.

"And then we've been able to add some academic interventionists for this year and we've got some additional staffing, and literacy facilitators, that we're looking to add next year to help offset some of those learning losses."

Collier says the property tax rate for residents of the Bettendorf School District will drop about 3 1/2 per cent ( or 47 cents ) to $12.39 per $1,000 assessed value. And that will save the owner of a $200,000 home $100.

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. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.