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