Bettendorf School District

Plans are progressing to replace an elementary school in Bettendorf. Monday night the school board approved basic design plans for the new Grant Wood school. 

Erie School District website / Erie School District

Voters in Erie Community Unit School District #1 defeated a proposal to borrow nearly $14 mil. to switch from 4 buildings to 2. The total cost of renovations & expanding the middle school would have been $24.5 mil.

(Previous version, April 3rd, 2017)

Residents of the Erie School District will vote Tuesday on a bond referendum to consolidate buildings. Students attend four schools, but two of them are more than 60 years old. And enrollment has declined, so a lot of space is unused.

In the foreground, a student in a classroom listens as another student talks via the telepresence robot. It's a wheeled device with a tablet or notebook computer mounted on top. The screen shows the other student's face and torso.
Bill Gaither / Carl Sandburg College

Carl Sandburg College students will soon be able earn a degree by taking all their classes on the internet.

Next fall, the school in Galesburg will start offering an online Associate in Arts.

Residents of two western Illinois school districts will make an important decision next week - whether to combine the Alwood and Cambridge districts. The consolidation vote on Tuesday follows more than a year of study and meetings, and years of working together in sports and other areas.

Knox College

An actress, producer, and philanthropist will give this year's commencement address at Knox College in Galesburg. 

Normally when I report on Illinois school funding, the story involves some task force or legislation trying to make our system more equitable. I always mention that's because Illinois relies on property taxes to fund schools, so schools in prosperous places have every amenity while schools in areas with low property values are out of luck. Today, though, I'm reporting on something entirely different — a whole separate method Illinois uses to make school funding inequitable.

Western Illinois University is an economic driver in the region by employing  hundreds of people and bringing in thousands of students to the campuses in Macomb and the Quad Cities. The University also strives to grow the local economy by lending a helping hand to entrepreneurs and small business owners through its Small Business Development Center.

A superintendent from southeastern Iowa has been chosen to lead the school district in Clinton. Gary DeLacy from Danville was one of three finalists for the superintendent's job in Clinton.

With help from a private foundation, the auditorium at Moline High School will soon be transformed into a performing arts center. Monday night the board of education approved plans to renovate and expand the current facility.

EICC Budget for 2017-18

Mar 13, 2017

Work on next year's budget for the Eastern Iowa Community Colleges is nearly finished. Monday night trustees will hold a public hearing, and then vote on a proposal for Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine Community Colleges.