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Davenport School Board Surveys District Residents

With fewer students, less money, and aging buildings, the Davenport school board is working on a long-range facility plan. And it's asking residents to help make some of the major decisions by filling out a survey.

Superintendent T.J. Schneckloth says the board is considering two re-organization plans, or pathways, that would leave the high schools the way they are now, but change which grades would be in the elementary schools and which in the intermediate schools.

"The key focus for each one of the pathways is, and this has been loud and clear from every piece of feedback that we've got, is that we need to re-vamp our junior high - middle school area."

On average, Davenport school buildings are now 68 years old, and he says that makes them costly to maintain, and difficult to bring up to modern education standards.

His goal is "state of the art schools."

"We envision sections to where we don't have to move teachers around as much to meet the population needs. We are sharing P.E., music, and art teachers at different buildings, so we envision days where we don't have to do that. And that's an important part of this process."

Schneckloth says closing schools and building new ones are also part of the discussion.

The survey is due by October 24th, then the school board will review the results in November, with final decisions on the long-range plan in December.

online survey: www.Feedback2000.com
paper survey: return to any Dav. school.

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