The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Education

April 22, 2014

Touring the unfinished Clinton MS (With Video)

CLINTON -- Project manager Eric White and his construction group Estes are still half a year away from unveiling the new Clinton Middle School. Even though weather has set workers back by nearly three months, school officials were pleased with the building’s progress when they toured the facility Monday.

“The academic wings and their layout, those are some of the new features that are mainly becoming standard in modern academics,” said Clinton School Board member Devin Guillory. A chemical engineer, he likes the idea of progress. “They accommodate the collaboration which are hugely in demand. We need kids to be able to collaborate and work in teams. These rooms facilitate that type of learning.”

Guillory, White and 20 others from the board and City Council walked through unfinished halls and upon incomplete floors. Wires dangled from the ceiling around them, and they could see through walls that have yet to be built.

They were observing the skeleton of a first-of-its-kind school. The building will contain innovation rooms and learning communities when its complete, making Clinton Middle School the first junior high in Iowa to incorporate them. That’s what makes the project so unique for White.

“That’s really the trend in education -- collaboration and innovation,” he said. “Having a shared vision among students.”

Ever since the region emerged from winter, the building’s principal-to-be, Dan Boyd, said workers have made substantial progress. When the weather warmed, they completed the roof, allowing multiple tasks to be handled indoors.

“The excitement builds all the time as we continue to work towards merging the staff and students together,” Boyd said. Monday wasn’t his first tour; he said he visits the grounds frequently. “It’s dramatic to see the types of changes (in the building) that are occurring. Since the roof has been put on and the frost has come out of the ground, it’s amazing the progress they’ve made.”

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