This upcoming Tuesday, March 3, the Clinton High School Bond vote will take place. Polling is at the Church of the Open Door from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This vote addresses the last piece of the facility task force discussion that began when I was on the committee as a teacher in the 1990s.
At that time, there was discussion of building a new high school campus with all the athletic facilities on the west side of the city. However, the district also had seven elementary buildings that needed attention and the fact that the city’s population was declining did not support that many elementary buildings. Therefore, no action was taken on a new high school.
The last bond issue occurred in the late 1990s to support renovation of Whittier and Gateway Middle School (now Bluff). The 1% sales tax paid for the new Eagle Heights and new Jefferson buildings, therefore saving local property taxpayers.
The district’s next step was to address the middle school facilities. The new Clinton Middle School opened five years ago. Again, this building was financed through the 1% sales tax.
Clinton High School is the last facility we need to address. To give you a perspective on how things have changed since the early 1990s, CHS was the only building at that time that had some air-conditioning. Today, it is the only building, that serves students, in the district that is not fully climate-controlled.
The current proposal has a price tag of $62 million. Over a third of this will be financed by the 1% sales tax and other revenue sources. Therefore you will see the bond issue of $38.9 million which will complete the project.
I strongly encourage all of you to exercise your right to vote.