Pleasant Valley Township is a township in Scott County, Iowa, United States. Pleasant Valley Township is well-known in the Quad City Area as having highly reputable public school programs containing the highest academic scores in the area. This characteristic drives many young families to the area so that they may send their children to the Pleasant Valley schools. Pleasant Valley borders the Iowa cities of Bettendorf and LeClaire.
History The Pleasant Valley Township School District was formed in 1957, and two elementary schools in the tiny school district-Riverview and Pleasant View-were deemed too small to house a high school program. Construction on a $1.36 million junior-senior high school building, on a 40-acre site along Belmont Road at Bettendorf's northeast city limits, began in 1959, and the first day of class was September 12, 1960. The first graduating class was in 1962, with 24 seniors (there was no 1961 graduating class). Richard Klahn was the first principal, and oversaw a teaching staff that was quickly regarded as one of the finest in Iowa. The first teaching staff had to have master's degrees or were currently working on one. In 1966, the Pleasant Valley School district merged with the LeClaire and Cody school districts, meaning high school students from those districts (they had previously gone to Bettendorf) were now attending Pleasant Valley. Junior-senior high school enrollment shot past 600 (it had been less than half that previously), and a three-phase building program was started, with additions completed in 1967, 1971 and 1974. Junior high students were moved from the high school building to the new Blackhawk Junior High in LeClaire (now Pleasant Valley Junior High) in 1970. During the mid-1970s, a proposal to renovate and move high school students to Blackhawk Junior High and repurpose the high school building as a junior high, failed. In 1984, the high school, along with the district's other four schools, were honored with the "Excellence in Education" award, in recognition of the district's high academic standards and fine teaching staff. In 1985, voters passed a $10 million bond proposal to renovate the high school. Highlights included a new gymnasium with seating for 3,000 people, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a new athletic lobby, a library, enlarged auditorium, new administrative offices and other renovations. In addition, the school's facade was changed from a brick to white. Over the course of 2013, Pleasant Valley High School reentered the state of construction to create another major addition to the school. Additional rooms were built on the South end of the school for art rooms, with the "Spartan Gallery" as the side of one of the newly constructed hallways. Furthermore, the old art rooms were remodeled to create a black-box theater for the drama department to use. In addition, this space is used as another rehearsal space for the band during the day.
Pleasant Valley Township Community Pleasant Valley Township is home to one preschool, five elementary schools, one junior high and one high school. In the neighboring cities of Bettendorf and LeClaire there are a number of parks, bike trails, restaurants, shops and family entertainment.
Attractions and Entertainment Tourist favorite LeClaire Iowa is close by with a unique downtown with shopping, dining, wine tasting, and antiquing experiences. Also close by is Bettendorf Iowa with plenty to do. Bettendorf houses many parks, a Children's Museum, Library, Walking/bike trails, many restaurants, spas, shopping, and much more!
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