The Ottumwa Courier

October 28, 2013

Group hopes spot on register aids restoration plan


Ottumwa Courier

---- — BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — The 140-year-old Forest Grove School in Bettendorf has been named to the National Register of Historic Places, giving a boost to efforts to restore the building.

The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/HjJ8iK ) members of Forest Grove School Preservation hope the designation by the National Park Service will increase the chances of receiving two grants totaling about $35,000 from the Riverboat Development Authority and the Scott County Regional Authority.

The money would pay for a new roof, gutters, replacement windows, a front door and a heating and ventilation system.

The building, which hasn't been used as a school since 1957, has a new poured concrete foundation thanks to donated labor.

The preservation group wants to return the building to its appearance in 1949 and open it as a rural education museum.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, http://www.qctimes.com