BETTENDORF — Lourdes Catholic School has received a $35,785 grant from the Scott County Regional Authority for science lab renovations.
Grants come from revenue generated by the Isle of Capri in Bettendorf and go to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government entities through a bi-annual selection process.
Lourdes Principal Jennifer Alongi said the overall cost for the lab is $478,563, which would cover demolition of the existing lab; casework of laminate cabinets and epoxy resin countertops; thermal and moisture protection; finishes such as acoustic ceiling patching and floor coverings; fluorescent light fixtures; plumbing; HVAC; and electrical for new receptacles at work stations and labor. Lab tables and microscopes are not part of the grant, Alongi noted.
The existing lab is a classroom with extra sinks and science tables instead of desks. “This will truly make it a lab, with group stations for lab groups.”
The lab, when built, will be for sixth through eighth-grade science classes, but other grades can utilize it when it is not in use.