Bettendorf School Board

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The Bettendorf School District will be led by Michelle Morse starting in July.

This morning, the school board announced it will hire Dr. Morse to be superintendent at its next school board meeting.

Morse has worked in public education for more than 25 years, and currently is the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources for the Newhall School District in Valencia, California.

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The former superintendent of the Pleasant Valley schools did not stay retired for very long. On Monday night, the Bettendorf School Board appointed Jim Spelhaug to be Interim Superintendent.

The Bettendorf school board is preparing to take the next step in its search for a new superintendent. Tuesday night, its consultant will meet with the board in private session and provide it with a list of eight to twelve possible candidates.

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.

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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.

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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.