December 1, 2022


The Education People

CHS groundbreaking underscores decades of work

Jul. 1—Monday was a banner working day in the Clinton School District.

As they donned tricky hats and fielded shovels, Clinton University Board members dug into the earth to symbolically mark the starting of a $62 million undertaking that will substitute most of the superior college campus with new building. The bulk of the task will be funded by a practically $39 million bond issue permitted by college district voters in March 2020. Funding will be rounded out with a person-cent revenue tax revenues and Actual physical Plant and Products Levy money.

This venture is a significant endeavor, with design getting put in phases in excess of 4 many years to create a new a few-story educational making, a new profession and complex education and learning heart and great arts wing. Yourd Gymnasium also will be renovated. The district expects the undertaking to be accomplished by spring 2025.

If so, its completion will mark the conclusion of a nearly 30-year, a few-tier school district program made to handle all structures at the elementary, middle and superior educational facilities.

It was in 1997 that the college board accepted environment a bond referendum to check with voters to renovate Whittier Elementary University and transform the previous Gateway Junior High, which essentially was currently being utilised as workplace area by a variety of corporations, into what is now Bluff Elementary Faculty. Voters accredited a $9 million bond problem to shell out for that undertaking. These developing jobs had been completed in 1999.

These two elementary schools had been the first to be addressed as the university district labored to cut down the quantity of elementary educational facilities from 7 to 4.

To get there, the district closed Longfellow and Henry Sabin elementary colleges and sent those people students to the new Bluff making. Longfellow was demolished and Henry Sabin went on to be utilised as a web site for an choice large faculty. These days the previous Henry Sabin constructing residences the Gateway Region Local community Center and a newer variation of the choice high school acknowledged as Gateway Discovering Center.

Right after Whittier and Bluff, the district went on to establish a new Jefferson Elementary School by utilizing community alternative gross sales tax funds, a new revenue alternative authorised by Clinton County voters in 2001, and the new Eagle Heights Elementary Faculty. Horace Mann and Elijah Buell elementary educational facilities closed and those people pupils were being sent to Eagle Heights.

Together the way, the district shut Kirkwood and marketed the creating to Head Get started and later shut Harding, which now residences the district’s administrative workplaces.

The second tier was accomplished when Washington and Lyons center educational institutions merged into a new creating — Clinton Center College — in 2014.

And now, with past year’s passage of the bond referendum and Monday’s groundbreaking, we can see on the horizon the summary of a a long time-lengthy system.

Congratulations to the Clinton School District, its Amenities Job Power and the numerous superintendents, college board users and directors who played a purpose in ushering these ideas forward throughout the several years.

Along with that, we want to say thank you to the quite a few voters who turned out above the several years to devote in structures that Clinton learners will use for generations to arrive.