Pleasant Valley High School will get a $21 million makeover

Funds from the state will help add new classrooms and more space for students

BETTENDORF, Iowa - More than $21 million will go into Bettendorf's Pleasant Valley High School over the next two years.  After accepting a bid through Bush construction company, their renovation project will begin in March and include upgraded security and more classroom space. The school's superintendent Jim Spelhaug said it's a response to the school's growth in student population.
 
"What this project does is with the development of the tower on the East end and what will be the addition of more towers, as we continue to need space to accommodate growth," Spelhaug said.
 
He says the renovation project will add about 12 new classrooms. It will also include remodeling some areas to accommodate more special education programs. 
 
"The next thing it does is add and renovate the guidance area and the existing main office and then it adds new office space in a commons area to restructure the front entrance," said Spelhaug.
 
The $21 million project will connect the old building with the current building. 
 
"Right now the main corridor starts at our cafeteria and goes to D gym, what this will do is extend that corridor through that gym through some locker room space and connect to the East end entrance to the building," Spelhaug said. 
 
The project is also apart of larger renovations across the district. Pleasant Valley Instructional coach Eric Larew said he's looking forward to the changes.
 
"It's classroom size we need space, we need more classrooms, we need just more facilities for us to branch out more. We've just gotten to the point where we can't handle the number of students that we have," Larew said. 
 
The project will be funded using money received from the state, including the 1% sales tax for school infrastructure. New renovations should wrap up just in time for the 2018-2019 school year.
 

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