The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

February 26, 2014

Student eyeing art for lunchroom

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — A Northeast sophomore is proposing a project to cover unsightly squares in the high school lunchroom with “eye-appealing” murals.

Currently a boy scout with the “life rank,” from Troop 626, Tanner Near is asking the Northeast Board of Education to allow him to complete his Eagle Scout project in the school’s lunchroom.

“I was hoping to do one for our school, because of how much it has contributed to our family and me personally,” Near said.

The high school lunchroom currently has four large squares which show through to the brick wall, where the stage and costumes used to be. Near suggested covering this with a steel frame, drywall and a thin layer of plywood. He would then paint murals on three of the spaces, separated by the existing brick pillars.

“Because clearly it’s not eye-appealing right now,” Near said.

With the help of his mother, Laura Near, he displayed three potential murals to the Northeast School Board last week, featuring waves of columbia blue, navy blue and purple. Images representing various academic, artistic and athletic activities had places in the mural.

Near asked the board if it had any suggestions for additional student organizations that needed to be represented or changes in the color.

In place of the final square, Near suggested a steel roll-up door in case the space is ever utilized as a concession stand. He estimated the total cost at $4,521.80. Superintendent Jim Cox said the district should be able to cover that.

“The concept is good, the implementation needs a little thought,” Board President Chuck Corr said.

Near will continue to work on the plan. Once he sends his proposal to the Eagle Scout board, he can expect approval within three to four weeks. He hopes to complete the project by April.