The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Opinion

April 20, 2013

New school is great addition for students of today and tomorrow

(Continued)

Looking back, it might appear it was an effortless transition, one of easily moving students and teachers alike out of their classrooms and into new digs.

Nothing is ever that easy. Emotions run high, schedules get thwarted, wrinkles have to get ironed out.

But here we are. Sixteen years after that facilities plan was presented and elementary school needs addressed, work is being done to get the district’s middle-schoolers under one, new roof.

There are a lot of people who played a role in making this happen.

Kudos to district officials and the Facilities Task Force members who laid the groundwork and saw the plans through.

We at the Herald also want to give a thumbs up to administrators and teachers who throughout the last few years have created combined programs, both in the classroom and on the sports fields, to bring the Washington and Lyons students together so they could start to enjoy and benefit from the unity about to happen.

Yes, there will be those who are critical of spending money on a new building, or changing from how things use to be, but this is money spent on the future — the children of this community.

Is there a better investment than that?

Charlene Bielema has been with the Clinton Herald since 1995 and has been the Herald’s editor since 2002.

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