Officials talk 'old section'

CLINTON — Clinton School District officials soon will know what is in store for the old section of Clinton High School.

School board members on Monday approved a payment to West Des Moines-based FRK Architects and Engineers to head a planning study on which option is the better one: Demolishing part of the school’s old section and rebuilding it, or renovating the existing old section.

The payment is estimated at $37,560, according to district-distributed information, and has been calculated on an hourly basis.

District Superintendent Gary DeLacy on Monday didn’t reveal many details of the actual potential projects, but said the process is moving now that FRK has been chosen to carry out the study.

“I’m expecting (FRK) probably by the fall to bring us a couple proposals on how we’re going to renovate Clinton High School,” DeLacy told board members. “We’re probably going to have a couple choices.”

The money spent on the planning study had been budgeted for, according to DeLacy and district Chief Financial Officer Cindy McAleer. The roughly $37,560 will come from the district’s Facilities fund. DeLacy said at the meeting that it was “just a matter of approving the contract with FRK.”

Now that the contract and payment has been approved, the future of the old section of the school will begin to become clearer, as FRK soon will meet with other stakeholders in the project.

“(FRK) is probably going to meet with the district here, the Facilities Task Force, and they’ll also meet with the school board,” DeLacy said at Monday’s meeting.

During the most recent budgeting season, McAleer explained that increased emphasis would soon be placed on the aging areas of CHS. The district CFO stated, “We all know that there are a lot of different inside infrastructure items that need to be addressed at Clinton High. What we’ve identified is that these will all go into what we’ll call the Clinton High School ‘Big’ Project.”