J.B. Young Opportunity Center and Achievement Service Center Move
J.B. Young closed as a school at the end of the 2015-2016 school year, however the Davenport Community School District believed in the importance of devoting a portion of the first floor to an Opportunity Center. The Opportunity Center will exist to provide services and opportunities for the neighborhood and community. The plan is to have the Opportunity Center functioning by the Summer of 2017.
The Davenport Community Schools requested Letters of Interest from organizations in the community who believed they could provide opportunities and services for the neighborhood. Fifteen proposals were received. The proposals were reviewed by a committee of individuals who live and/or work in the J.B. neighborhood. The recommendations of the committee were given to Dr. Tate and eleven organizations/programs emerged as offering services or opportunities that neighborhood residents would value.
The final proposers are: Quad City Youth Sports (Beyond the Baseline), Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley, Safer Foundation Youth Empowerment Program, Pena’s Davenport Boxing Club, Hope at the BRICK House, Madison Market, ProStart Culinary, Riverbend Food Bank/DEA ACCT Committee, The Children’s Village Pre-K, Daughters of Mokanna, and The Art Legacy League.
The next step is to begin offering leases to these organizations.
The Achievement Service Center (ASC) will move to the top two floors of the building beginning with the relocation of IT network infrastructure and Learning Information Services personnel in June/July of 2017. The remaining occupants of the ASC are planning to move into offices in the building in April 2018.
The current ASC building has been listed with a commercial real estate firm. The sale of the current ASC building and the former Lincoln School will result in a savings of approximately $400,000 in operating costs to the District’s General Fund.