Education

Education

submitted / United Way of the Quad Cities

For many students, classes begin next month, but their families don't have the money to buy the paper, pencils, erasers, notebooks, scissors, and other items they'll need. So today, the United Way hosted a second "Day of Action" for businesses to donate school supplies to children all over the Quad Cities.

A few details are emerging about the layoffs at Western Illinois University, which were authorized by the Board of Trustees during a special meeting late last week. A total of two dozen faculty members and two other employees in academic affairs are losing their jobs.

Western Illinois University has seen a sharp drop in student enrollment in recent years, which means less money coming in through tuition and fees.  That, combined with decreases in state financial support – especially during the two-year state budget impasse – hurt the university's finances, leading to layoffs, furloughs, and an early retirement program.

A concerted effort by local school districts and the United Way boosted attendance during the past year, but not by much. The number of children who missed 9 or more days of school dropped by two-tenths of one per cent, to 39.2 per cent.

Davenport School District

As costs go up and enrollment falls, the Davenport school board is looking at a range of options, including closing some schools. The latest option would close Monroe Elementary and convert Smart Intermediate into an elementary building.

Davenport School District

Hoping to save money, the Davenport School District is considering a major investment in solar energy. The district has received proposals from five companies, and the top-rated proposal so far would include installing solar panels at 14 buildings.

The superintendent of the Davenport schools wants to improve security, but will need permission from the state. Wednesday night the board of education approved making an amergency request to the Iowa School Budget Review Committee.

Tate Hearing Cancelled

Jun 25, 2018
Davenport School District

Davenport School Superintendent Art Tate will not get his "day in court" after all. Tuesday's hearing before an administrative law judge has been cancelled because the administrative law judge has already found him guilty. 

UT High School Addition

Jun 25, 2018
WVIK News

Work has begun on a major addition to United Township High School in East Moline. Monday afternoon, ground was broken for the 9.6 million dollar project to build a new library, student commons area, and a secure front entrance.

Kahl Building Sold

Jun 14, 2018
WVIK News

Just days after dedicating its new campus in downtown Davenport, the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges has sold the old one. Wednesday it announced the sale of the Kahl Building for 2 million dollars to a Bettendorf company called JNB Capitol Building.

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