BETTENDORF, Iowa (KWQC) – Pleasant Valley School District Superintendent Brian Strus said the school’s hallways get busier every year.
“What we’ve seen over the last 10 years, I would definitely say, is a very steady increase of about 100 students a year,” Strus said. “We just did an enrollment forecast with a company for the next 20 years and they came back and they also think our enrollment should be the same steady growth of about 100 kids a year.”
According to the figures of the Pleasant Valley School District, in the school year of 2022-23, there was an increase of 261 students compared to 2021-22.
“I think we are very lucky. There are a lot of great teachers everywhere, but we are very proud of our teachers, we have great students, a very supportive community and an administrative team and school board that support our day-to-day operations,” Strus said. “I think that’s where our pride lies and hopefully people see that and want to be a part of it.”
To help with enrollment growth, the school district plans to expand its middle school and one of its elementary schools.
“There will be 16 additional classrooms at the middle school along with some renovations to the building and 12 more classrooms in Forest Park, which will allow us to be one elementary school as opposed to a two-section elementary school,” Strus said. .
Struts estimates the high-end project will cost about $10.5 million, and the Forest Grove project will cost about $4 million.
“It’s very exciting and it’s always fun to watch projects and be a part of them,” Strus said. “We are proud of where we are, but we have not reached where we want to be. For the best of our Quad Cities, we need to work together and do what’s best for every child.”
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