Clinton district eyes options for two buildings

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CLINTON - The Clinton Community School District is considering going from three school buildings to two in an updated plan since voters rejected the district referendum in April.

The Clinton district operates Clinton Elementary School at 301 East St., Clinton Middle School at 115 Milwaukee Road and Clinton High School at 112 Milwaukee Road. The Clinton Community School District Board of Education is considering options such as renovating the existing middle school or building a new elementary school adjacent to the high school, according to a news release issued by the school district Friday.

On April 2, district voters rejected a $41.9 million referendum plan by a vote of 1,158 to 803. The referendum called for the construction of a new elementary school and renovations for the high school. The elementary school would be for grades 4K through six while grades seven and eight would move to the high school, making the district a two-building district.

"Last spring, voters didn't support the solution we presented," said Board of Education President Ken Luety. "However, that doesn't change the very real facility needs that impact our students, staff and community every day."

After taking some time to reflect on the outcome of the April referendum, the board requested updated information about possible alternative options. At the Dec. 4 board meeting, architects from EUA and construction managers from JP Cullen presented seven alternative or revised options and the associated cost estimates.

"We are revisiting a range of solutions to address our most critical needs and increase operational efficiency," said District Administrator Jim Brewer.

All the preliminary options would allow the district to consolidate from three buildings to two. The options also addressed, to varying degrees, other needs such as safety, security and high-priority capital maintenance.

"We must address what are quickly becoming urgent needs in our district," Luety said. "The school board and district leaders are committed to finding a sound, long-term solution for students, staff and our community."

Information about campus-wide facilities planning work is available at https://www.clinton.k12.wi.us.

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