Bettendorf School Board

A consultant based in Cedar Rapids will help the Bettendorf School District search for a new superintendent. Monday night, the board of education voted to hire Ray and Associates, for 6,500 dollars.

Polls will be open Tuesday in the Iowa Quad Cities, and across the state, for school board elections. And there are races to decide in all four school districts in Scott County.

Residents of the Iowa Quad Cities will have plenty of choices to make when they go to the polls next month for school board elections. There'll be races on the ballot in each of the four school districts in Scott County.

Bettendorf School District

The interim superintendent of the Bettendorf schools will get the job permanently. Monday night, the board of education appointed Michael Raso.

Forty-two years after it opened, it may be time for a major overhaul of the planetarium at Bettendorf High School. Monday night the school board discussed the possible cost of the project.

Planetarium director Pete Bruecken says it first opened in 1974, one year after the high school. And each year it hosts hundreds of programs and thousands of people.

He received five bids for the planetarium project, ranging from $220,000 to $320,000.

Bruecken has been working on this for several years, and says the cost of the new digital equipment has been falling steadily.

Bettendorf School District

The Bettendorf school board will soon have to start looking for a new superintendent. Friday the district announced Doctor Theron Schutte will leave next month to take over as superintendent of schools in Marshalltown. 

He graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1981.

More state aid and a lower tax rate are highlights of next year's budget for the Bettendorf schools. Monday, the school board gave its final approval to an 80 million dollar budget.

Maxine McEnany, director of business and finance, says the new levy will be 13-dollars and 91 cents per 1,000 dollars assessed value - 11 cents lower than this year.  

Bettendorf School District

The Bettendorf School District will continue holding public meetings this week, in hopes of improving its elementary schools. The next meeting is scheduled for tonight at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, from 6 to 8 pm. 

Bettendorf schools will get a much-needed upgrade starting this month. Today, the school district's Board of Directors approved new, LED lighting for all of its elementary, middle, and high schools.

Director of Operations Chris Andrus says fluorescent lighting in classrooms and halls has caused problems for staff and students.

 

The LED lights will cut energy costs in half, and the Bettendorf School District should see a 2-year return on investment.

With just a few races to be decided, only a few people bothered to turn out Tuesday for school board elections in Scott County. The auditor's office reports 36-hundred people cast ballots, or just 3 per cent of the more than 120,000 registered voters in the county.