BETTENDORF, Iowa - "Really, what it's all about is, staying ahead of our growth," said Pleasant Valley Community Schools Superintendent Jim Spelhaug.
It's that growth that he says has been very steady throughout the last 10 years in his district.
That's the main reason for a new elementary school soon to be introduced in Bettendorf.
Giving the students in the district the best education possible, Spelhaug says, is their top priority.
"Making sure we're not in portable classrooms, or not able to offer the level of programming that we want, for lack of space," said Spelhaug.
District officials say the new school will have a four-section design, similar to that of Hopewell Elementary. That's leaving some parents feeling confident in the resources that their students will receive.
Bettendorf resident and PV graduate Amber Caulkins lives near the future Forest Grove Elementary School. Her 5 year old son Tyler currently attends kindergarten at Hopewell, and although she says she loves the school and their staff, she has some concerns with the amount of students in the classroom.
"The class sizes are significantly larger. And with Tyler, he's just a bit more shy, more reserved, more quiet," Caulkins said. "And, I'm a little concerned every now and then, just based on class size. So, I think just based on that perspective, it would be amazing to add another elementary school."
Caulkins says she has full confidence in sending her children to the new school once it opens.
"From an education standpoint, I'm of the opinion that Pleasant Valley is one of the best in the area, and very comparable to most in the state. So, as long as they maintain that same level of standard, I'd be beyond pleased."
The school district will receive bids on the construction of the project around this time next year, and they expect the school to be ready for the 2021-2022 school district.
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