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Bettendorf School Bond Issue on March Ballot

In March, residents of the Bettendorf School District will be asked to approve a 69 million dollar bond issue.

Director of Operations Curt Pratt says much of the money would pay for improvements at the Middle School.

"The core of the building is original to the 60's and classrooms were built much smaller than we would by today's standards. And so as we want to do the best for our kids, that was the biggest focus we saw as we investigated all of our facilities."

It would also pay for projects at Bettendorf High School, including updates for the fine arts classrooms, more space for career and technical education, an auxillary gym, and a second wrestling room.

"The district will contribute funds up to a certain point based on the one-cent sales tax and our ppel levy but in order to get all the funds needed for all the work to be done, this was the best method to do it."

The vote will be held on March 7th, and approval requires a majority "yes" vote of 60 per cent plus one.

Pratt says work on these projects could begin within two years.

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.