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May 26, 2012

Clinton School District prepares for move

Administration offices will move from Roosevelt to former Harding Elementary School next month

CLINTON — Rose bushes, plants and fresh mulch adorn the front of the new Clinton School District Administration building thanks to the Master Gardeners. 

Inside, empty renovated offices, energy-saving lights and a red and black motif wait to welcome the new tenants.

Superintendent Deb Olson says she is excited to get the inside of the building as full of life as the outside in the next few weeks.

Administrators and directors will begin their move to their new headquarters from the old Roosevelt Administration building the week of June 11.

The renovation is on time and underbudget, Eric White of the ESTES Corporation, which is leading the renovations, said at the school board meeting Monday.

Administrators were told in 2009 they would have to renovate the Roosevelt Administration Building to the tune of $4 or $5 million to meet current Iowa Board of Education Standards. Among the problems with the multi-level Roosevelt building was its incompatibility with ADA standards.

When the district looked into renovating the former Harding Elementary School, it found the renovations would cost $1.3 million. Not only would the cost be substantially less than renovating the Roosevelt building, but all the operations would occur on one floor.

“This building will be accessible to everyone,” Olson said while visiting the facility Wednesday.   

The business office and student enrollment office are located at the main entrance to the building.  A sliding glass panel will allow enrollment office staff to easily buzz visitors into the building and provide them with information, Olson said. Both sides of the building’s main hallway are lined with administrative offices and conference rooms. The building will house all operations except Food Services, which will be at Clinton High School.  

“It’s less square footage, but it’s more efficient,” Olson said.

District servers will be housed in an area that is three times greater than the space they currently occupy.  According to Olson, this space will accommodate the growth continually seen in District technology.

While the old gymnasium will eventually house the new board room, it currently remains in its original condition, with two exceptions.  As a result of the project being underbudget, a new heating and cooling unit was added. The gym is also full of Thomas and Betts furniture the company donated when it left Clinton. According to Olson, some of the furniture will be used in the building and the rest will be sold in garage sale fashion.   

The gym won’t be remodeled by ESTES Corporation or any subcontractors. Rather, it will become a learning opportunity for the building trades students who will do the remodeling.

Overall, Olson said even though the move wasn’t something the district planned for, it is a positive change.

“It’s good for our district.  It’s good for our community,” she said.

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