CLINTON — Gregg Cornilsen has a plan for his new maintenance facility but no place to build it — at least for the time being.

Cornilsen, who serves as the Clinton School District plant services director, told the Clinton School Board Monday that the new building would cost between $700,000 and $900,000 to construct. It will replace the old Irving School property, which was sold to Archer Daniels Midland for the company’s expansion in South Clinton.

When that property was sold the plan was to construct a maintenance department and warehouse on the property currently housing the district’s transportation department on U.S. 30 west of Clinton.

But that plan came to a sudden halt in October.

That was when the Camanche School Board directed Superintendent Tom Parker to look into options to get the Clinton district to move off the property.

The Clinton district purchased the property from the Iowa Department of Transportation approximately six years ago for $92,000. At the time the land was located in the Camanche School District, but since has been annexed to Clinton.

Parker believes public ownership of the land places an additional burden on the Camanche taxpayers because it is not subject to property tax.

According to Cornilsen, the new facility will be 20,000 square feet with offices for staff, a conference room and a dust-proof shop for the painter. Everything will be on ground level so trucks can be unloaded from the inside.

No action was taken on the construction of the new building.

In a 6-1 vote the board approved to waive custodial overtime charges for the Gateway After Prom.

According to District Superintendent Randy Clegg, those charges are estimated to be $425.

Although board member Dave Frett is very supportive of the Gateway After Prom event, he voted against the request, citing that other organizations had asked for the same favor and were rejected.

Board member Jim Tuisl said it was something kids definitely need to have available.

“I know it’s a precedent but it’s one I’d like to see us go ahead and support,” he explained.

Board President Debra Olsen added that the event keeps the kids safe and out of trouble.

Since high school students from Camanche, Prince of Peace and Fulton, Ill., participate in the event, board member Wendy Krajnovich suggested the other districts help share in the custodial costs.

But Clegg said it’s up to the after prom organizers.

In other action, the board voted 6-1 in favor of not accepting a letter of resignation from Bradley Reddinger, a behavior disabilities teacher at Washington Middle School.

This is Reddinger’s first year of teaching in the Clinton district. According to Human Resource Director Jess Terrell, Reddinger gave two weeks’ notice and already has left town.

Clegg said when a teacher signs a contract they are bound to that contract for the school year — 186 days of work.

“There is a concern with people breaking contracts,” Clegg explained. “Two weeks’ notice is not normal of a teaching position. It’s actually unheard of.”

The board voted to deny acceptance of the resignation as well as to report to the Board of Educational Examiners that Reddinger broke his contract.

Board member Mercia Wolf cast the lone no vote. She agreed not to accept the resignation but felt contacting the board of examiners is a little extreme.

The board did unanimously agree to name the new north-end school Eagle Heights Elementary. The access road from Main Avenue will be known as Rolling Hills Drive.

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