The Davenport School Board voted on Wednesday, in favor of buying new land for the district's current alternative high school, from Select Medical Property Ventures in Davenport.
With a two and a half million dollar price tag, the 11 acres of land at the corner of Marquette and West Kimberly includes a building that will be transformed into a new high school.
The money comes from the district's "Local Options Sales Tax," an account the district puts money into every year for building maintenance. Superintendent Dr. Arthur Tate tells us this year, there is a surplus of money and the district feels comfortable with buying the land.
He also says the current alternative high school, "Kimberly Center East," is just not a good fit for students. "Well, we want them to have something that looks like a high school, and is configured to be a high school. The building they're in right now is one that was built just to house students, and because it is a high school program, we want them to have a high school," says Dr. Tate.
Davenport School District says they hope to have a contract finalized by the end of this month, and begin renovations shortly after the new year.
To hear some of the ideas the superintendent has for the extra six acres of land, we've posted a Web Extra. Click here.
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