DCSD solicits community feedback on district facility needs
DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The Davenport Community School District is asking residents to complete a facility improvement plan survey. One of the goals is to make Davenport a “destination neighborhood” for years to come.
“The Davenport School District is engaged with [an architecture group] about 1.5 years ago to embark on a journey of what is the future of the Davenport Community School District, in terms of our facilities and the programming it offers,” said TJ Schnecklith, School District Superintendent community of Davenport. “Part of the process is to engage every ratepayer in our district because their voice is important, too.”
The district is considering two different grade level configurations. The first would design middle schools that separate 5th and 6th graders from 7th and 8th graders, invest more money at the middle school level, and reduce the funds available at the high school level. The second configuration would invest less money at the middle level and more at the high school level, while keeping middle schools in grades 6-8.
“A lot of times when you’re going through long-term installations and programming changes, there’s an appetite for what the investment looks like on the outside,” Schneckloth said.
Over the past two decades, enrollment in the Davenport Community School District has dropped by more than 2,000 students. Fewer students means less money.
“The Davenport Community Schools District represents communities. In order to have the voice of everyone around the table, to be evaluated and to provide an opportunity to share your comments and thoughts, this is extremely important for our school board,” said Schneckloth. “In order for us to seek input from our community and what is the best direction they want to see, the survey is vital to that, and we are setting the stage for the next 20 to 30 years in the Davenport Community School District. “, and that’s extremely important. This survey ties directly into our long-term settlement plan, and it’s an absolutely critical part of our planning process. We want to hear from every household in our district.”
Schneckloth said the best thing the district can do is solicit community feedback. The deadline to complete the survey is October 26.
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