- Associated Press - Thursday, July 16, 2015

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - A couple’s $780,000 donation will help replace and renovate nearly 90 windows and around 10 doors at a Dubuque elementary school.

John and Alice Butler tell the Telegraph Herald (http://bit.ly/1LcH62l ) that they always have admired the appearance of Bryant Elementary School. But they say the windows that are partially covered with aluminum panels were an odd match to the school’s 1940 style and made the donation to replace them with larger, energy-efficient ones.

“We always thought it was a very pretty building. We never could quite get used to the panel,” said John Butler, who once attended the school.

The new windows, which are nearly twice as big as the older windows, will help brighten the school’s interior by bringing in more sunlight. Portions of classroom ceilings were modified to fit the taller windows.

The renovation project is slightly under budget and is on track to finish before the start of the school year. Marty Johnson of Straka Johnson Architects said that more than two-thirds of the project is complete.

“We know this is going to enhance the teaching environment of our kids for years to come,” Principal Vicki Sullivan said.

Sullivan said she’s excited to see children in the library read by the larger windows that provide more natural light.

On Wednesday, John Butler offered to work with Superintendent Stan Rheingans on potentially donating a matching gift to help other schools replace windows.

“We would love to have that contribution,” Rheingans said. “It’s something that we would struggle to be able to afford as a district.”

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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