Davenport School Board

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To help low income students do better in school, the Davenport School Board has converted its temporary Poverty Committee into a standing or permanent committee. It includes board members and residents of the district.

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.

On Midwest Week, Davenport challenges the state of Iowa to fix the school aid formula.  

State Charges Tate

Aug 28, 2017
Davenport School District

The state of Iowa may "throw the book" at Davenport Superintendent Art Tate. But not until next year. 

Norris Campaigns in QC

Jul 13, 2017
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Education was the focus for democratic gubernatorial candidate John Norris during a stop in Davenport Thursday. It kicked off the final day of his 6-day announcement tour of Iowa.

Despite facing severe penalties, the Davenport school board continues to support its superintendent in his decision to spend more money than state law allows. On Monday night the board discussed the possible consequences of the dispute that could ultimately lead to a state take-over of the district. 

The contract for the superintendent of Davenport schools has been extended. Monday night, the board of education approved an extension for Art Tate to June 30, 2019. Tate is continuing his practice of not accepting a raise in his salary.  

Davenport Community School District

A local school district is well on its way to filling a school that will close this month. Davenport Schools are looking for tenants to fill the first floor of JB Young School. 

Last fall, the school board voted to close JB Young, and staff fielded ideas about how to use the building at meetings held in February. They included a half day summer camp, preschool, wellness clinic, and even a history center. Over 15,000 square feet of space is available.

Creative Learning Systems

Students at Buffalo Elementary School might be working with 3D Printers and other technology next year. Tonight, the Davenport School Board will consider a proposal to build a SmartLab at the school.

Millions of dollars in budget cuts, but no change in the tax rate - those are some of the key features of next year's budget for the Davenport schools. Monday night, the school board gave its final approval so it could be submitted to the state by the deadline - this Friday (4/15).

Chief Financial Officer, Marsha Tangan, says the budget totals 263 million dollars, but to stay within state spending limits, the district will cut spending by 4.3 million dollars.

Other savings will come from lower energy costs and early retirements.

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