Moline-Coal Valley School District seeking imput on tax revenue spending

The district is holding two open meetings

MOLINE, Ill. - Administrators with the Moline-Coal Valley School District have more money on their hands. Wednesday, they asked for input on how they should spend it. 

People in Rock Island County voted in favor of a one percent sales tax increase in November. Now they're holding open meetings to see what people want that money to go towards. The first of two meetings was Wednesday evening.

The school district expects to see an extra $3.8 million in the budget.That's money specifically for building upgrades.

Moline-Coal Valley parents had plenty ideas for the school board to consider. 

Dozens of parents and teachers came to John Deere Middle School to suggest ways the Moline-Coal Valley School District should spend its extra money.

Superintendent Lanty McGuire says the district really needed the funds. 

"If you look at Moline, we're a district that has some old buildings. We have a building that's over 100 years old," McGuire said. 

Andrea Anderson has two children in Moline-Coal Valley schools. She wants to be sure the school district is spending the people's tax money the way the people want it spent. 

"I think it's really important that if this is a tax that is coming from the community, that we have a voice in how that money is spent," Anderson said. 

Parents wrote down suggestions for the district to look at. Those will be made into recommendations for the board.

Those suggestions included ideas like updating Moline High School's pool or improving the air conditioning in the buildings. 

"Then there were some of the ones that weren't as popularly talked about, which were: Upgrading the restrooms in all of the facilities, including the elementary schools, how outdated they were; how outdated Browning Field was; and making sure that all of our facilities were handicapped accessible as well," Anderson said. 

McGuire says most of the suggestions he heard at the meeting were things the district already has on its radar. 

"We know that some of our buildings have needs, but it was good to hear some of the people in the community say that, that have kids in those buildings... [For example,] The fences around some of our playgrounds truly they are, some of them are pretty old," McGuire said. 

Wednesday's meeting was just the first of two meetings where school officials are taking suggestions.

The next one will be on May 4 at Moline High School. 

It starts at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. 


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