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     Literacy services seemed to be a top priority for those who responded to the Ericsson Elementary School Survey in Moline. The school district is looking for a way to repurpose the building but district leaders hope to still get more input.

    About 85 people completed the questionnaire with just 36 percent of them living in the Ericsson School attendance boundaries. A couple of school board members hoped to see a larger number of people in the surrounding area give input. However, 64 percent of those who responded did indicate they'd utilize the services of a community center there.

     More than a dozen types of programs emerged as higher priorities. The top five were: bilingual literacy instruction, peer-youth tutoring, community bilingual literacy, reading assistance and early childhood preschool.

     Superintendent David Moyer thinks the results reflect the significant increase of families moving to the area speaking different languages in their home. "We also have many other students that come from a variety of different languages so it doesn't surprise me that they'd say that's an important concern of theirs," said Dr. Moyer.

     Other uses that people listed as important were things like healthcare insurance applications, rental housing assistance, or clothing bank and food pantry. District leaders plan to set a date for a community forum in January so residents can ask questions and give more input. 

     The hope is to repurpose the school building by the fall of 2015 when it will no longer be used for students. Superintendent Moyer says there have been preliminary talks with local agencies to see which ones would be interested in providing services in that neighborhood.