The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


June 6, 2014

School's out for summer

CLINTON — As the last bell rang and the doors flew open at Eagle Heights Elementary School on Thursday, students of all ages emerged with the proclamation of freedom.

Thursday marked the last day of school for the Clinton School District and students were happy to make the announcement as they left for the approximately three-month summer break, but just because the students left doesn't mean everyone has the summer off.

For most of the administrators in the district, June, July and August can be some of the busiest months of the year.

"The offices are open all summer long because we always have questions or we're giving tours during the summer. The administrators and some of the secretary staff work all year round," Clinton School District Superintendent Deb Olson said. "Summertime is when we prepare for next school year. There's a lot of planning and reflection of what has been accomplished and using data to determine what things may need to be adjusted."

Some of those adjustments come from the teachers themselves, who will close out the year today, and some come from the school board level.

As the school board considers all of the details of another finished school year and fine tunes some those details, a ripple effect flows through the other levels of administration.

One thing that makes all of those conversations a little easier is knowing the children of the school district are in the hands of their parents and guardians.

"I rest a little easier because I know that the children are safe," Olson said. "During the school year those children are my responsibility and I don't take that lightly. When we don't have to deal with busing and them in the buildings, I don't have that constant diligence to making sure they're safe so I'm able to shift into a different frame of mind."

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