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- DCSD School Board Approves Table
- Lt. Governor Addresses Table
Mound 6th Grade Students
- Board Gives... Thumbs Up
- Contract Awarded
- Groundbreaking Ceremony
DCSD School Board
Table Mound Addition
January 14, 2002
On Monday, January 14, 2002 the DCSD school board approved
an addition to Table Mound Elementary. A portion of the funds
needed will come from a million dollar Vision Iowa Grant the
district recently received. Durrant Group Architects were
also approved to oversee the addition.
Four plans were presented to the board ranging
from 2.2 million to 3.05 million dollars. Some features of
the plans include: an addition of 18,000 square feet of classroom
space, gymnasium with wood floor, and a geothermal system.
After much discussion, the board decided to
make it's final decision on which of the four plans to approve
at the January 28, 2002 meeting.
Students Present Plans to Durrant Group
TH Online Archives
Dr. Kris Hall, Table Mound principal, addresses the DCSD school
board on Monday, January 14, 2002.
Fifth and sixth grade TAG students patiently wait to share
their proposed blueprints for the new addition.
Student Council members introduce Lt. Governor Sally Pederson
to their classmates.
Table Mound Dr. Seuss Library was the chosen site as DCSD school
board members, students, staff, and community members gathered
for Lt. Governor Sally Pederson's address.
Ms. Pederson visits with DCSD board
members following her presentation.
Lt. Governor Addresses
January 17, 2002
On Thursday. January 17, 2002 Lt. Governor Sally Pederson
addressed sixth grade students, staff, school board members,
and community members. Ms. Pederson congratulated Table Mound
on receiving the Vision Iowa Grant which will help build a
much needed addition to the school.
The focus of Ms. Pederson's speech was on the
governor's commitment to education. She stressed the governor's
programs to reduce class size, improve teacher's salaries,
and support overall educational progress.
January 29, 2002
On Monday, January 28th,
the Dubuque Community School Board gave an unanimous thumbs
up to amend the contract with the Durrant Group to a $3,052,486
addition to Table Mound. The original plan at 2.2 million did
not include geothermal heating and cooling, added less space
and used cheaper materials.
The additional money will provide a 18,300 square feet of classrooms,
art and music rooms, offices and a gymnasium with a wood floor
and bleacher seating.
Construction is slated to begin during the summer of 2002 and
be ready for students and staff at the start of the 2003-2004
Looking down Tower Drive from behind the building
one can easily see the original 4 room school (1960). The
addition of six classrooms and a multipurpose room were added
in 1964. Another wing was added in 1968 providing additional
classrooms and library. The 2002 addition will be built to
the left of the 1968 addition.
July 22, 2002
The contract for the 18,500 square foot addition has been awarded
to Prism Corp. Southeast, of Kieler Wisconsin who submitted
a bid of $3,065,690. The addition will house six additional
classrooms, gymnasium, music rooms and offices. Several years
ago many families were redistricted due to overcrowding. The
additional space will allow children to return to their neighborhood
school. The addition is slated to open when the children return
for the 2003-2004 school year.
The artist's rendering of the addition is shown above. The
highest windows are located in the gymnasium and the long line
of windows just below, light the corridor between the classrooms.
Some of the new space will also provide additional room for
our Neighborhood Resource Center, which opened in April 2002.
August 8, 2002
On a beautiful August morning more than 100 community members,
staff, students, and parents gathered to participate in the
addition groundbreaking ceremony for Table Mound School. The
long-awaited, and much-needed addition to the overcrowded school
is now a reality thanks to the hard work of many district personal
and a one million dollar Vision Iowa Grant. It is expected to
open in the Fall of 2003.
Dr. Kris Hall, principal, welcomed the many who gathered to
participate. He personally thanked the many individuals who
served as catalyst for the addition. Together with John Burgart,
Interim Superintendent of Dubuque Community Schools, and DCSD
school board members, Dr. Hall turned the first shovel of dirt
for the new construction. Following the initial ground breaking
students, staff, parents, and community members joined in. They
donned hard hats, grabbed a gold shovel and took turns breaking
An important part of the ceremony included naming the main
hallway in the addition. In appreciation for the countless hours
and dedication to the efforts of the addition the new hallway
will bear the name Joe Link Lane in honor of retiring
DCSD Finance Manager, Joe Link.
Pictures of the Groundbreaking
|Dr. Kris Hall opens the ceremony.
||Steve Hodge, board president addresses the crowd.
||Interim Superintendent, and former TM parent, John
Burgart shares his excitement for the new school addition.
|Kevin Epperle, building architect from Durrant Group
shares the vision.
||State Senator Mike Connolly presents the Vision
Iowa Grant check to the school board.
||A surprised Joe Link
|Steve Hodge and Sen. Mike Connolly
||School board members with Sen. Mike Connolly
||Dr. Hall presenting Joe Link with his sign.
|TM community awaiting the presentation.
||Shovels and hard hats await.
|Students and parents participating in the groundbreaking.
||Bob White and Jim Brimmer from buildings and grounds
taking their turn at the shovels.
||Only a few of the many staff members who had their
turn with the shovels.
|A chance to celebrate with friends.
||Retired staff member Shirley Sheehan checks over
the plan with Barb Aird and Marna Sullivan.
||It was all smiles as staff members past and present
gathered to celebrate the beginning of the new project.
|Two groups of third grade students researched geothermal and
wrote the following articles.
on Our Playground
By Grade 3 students in Ms. Atkin's room
Table Mound School in Dubuque, Iowa is getting geothermal
heating and cooling from the earth this year. Geothermal heating
and cooling seems to be the best way to heat and cool your house
(or school) and also save energy. There are 147 wells that are
deep being drilled on our playground. We are doing this to save
fossil fuels. Our building, next year, will be 72 degrees all
year round with no univent blowers making our classrooms so
noisy and with a much more stable type of heating and cooling.
Were getting it by pumping either hot or cool air to the
surface of the earth.
If a mass of rock or water below ground is hotter than its
surroundings, the heat can be recovered as geothermal
energy. Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth.
Its clean and a sustainable resource. Geothermal energy
ranges from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock four
miles beneath the Earths surface, and down even deeper
to the extremely high temperatures of molten rock called magma.
Geothermal pumps can tap into this resource to heat and cool
Hot dry rock resources occur at depths of 3 to 5 miles everywhere
beneath the Earths surface and at lesser depths in certain
areas. Hot water near the surface of the earth can be used for
heat. But no one knows how much of the nonrenewable resources
remain. These nonrenewable resources are the ones we usually
use for our heating and cooling. Uranium and coal will last
several centuries, but oil and gas are less abundant and may
soon run out. Oil will last at least 45 more years. Gas will
last at least 76 more years. And coal will last at least 521
years. Thus if everyone took the example of Table Mound School
and used geothermal energy, we would have more resources for
at Table Mound
By Grade 3 students from Ms. Schroeder's room
Table Mound Elementary School in Dubuque, Iowa, is putting
in geothermal heat wells on half of the playground. No, not
water wells, and definitely not oil wells, but
geothermal heat wells. Some people think that if you dig deep
enough you will dig into buried treasure. We really are finding
treasure! Our treasure is heating and cooling our school. Some
people want gold, but we want heat and cooling. Geothermal is
a source of heat and cooling. The workers started digging up
our soccer field in April. They are digging 147 wells each 300
feet deep. They have a long way to go, but they are on the right
A couple of kids have different feelings about the workers
digging and cutting their playground in half, but as soon as
the workers are done we will have our playground
back. The workers dug a hole in our blacktop too. They covered
it up. The Dubuque Schools are doing this to make the world
a better place so there are enough fossil fuels
for the future. Table Mound is doing many things like this to
protect the world and make it easier for people to live on this
Geothermal energy will make Table Mound 72 degrees Fahrenheit
all year long, no matter how warm or cold the outside temperature
is. Teachers and students are now
packing up all of their books and supplies and moving them to
the multipurpose room so that the ceiling fixtures for geothermal
can be installed. Units are being put in place right now on
our roof, both old and new sections.
Student Project Photos
|L to R: Student authors research the site, digging
begins, wells, close-up of a well
|L to R: Life goes on during recess, geothermal units
await their new home, lifting units into place
|L to R: geothermal unit in place, men working, another
view of unit, digging the wells
Click on "Watch us Grow" for photo journal of construction
here more information on DCSD web site.