The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

August 13, 2013

School board takes action on building projects

By Katie Dahlstrom
Assistant Editor

---- — CLINTON — The Clinton School Board approved changes to district-owned buildings and change orders for the new middle school during their Monday night meeting.

First, school board members unanimously approved a motion to demolish two structures located on and adjacent to Franklin Field.

G&R and Wilson will demolish a house and a metal storage shed, and remove three Sycamore trees and a Maple tree on the property.

"Basically we'll almost be able to have another practice field maybe down the road if you chose to develop it further," Plant Services Director Greg Cornilsen told board members. "Or for parking."

The $25,000 demolition is funded with Local Option Sales Tax as a capital improvement project approved for the 2013-2014 school year.

Three change orders for the new middle school construction project also were approved Monday.

The first change order, which will cost $37,155.67, is for electrical needs for the learning resource center and is to include cable for the four additional classrooms that were not included in the original middle school plans.

"We found it necessary to hardwire the LRC part of the new middle school," Olson said. "For doing testing. The amount of testing we have to do now from the state and national level, we just needed to have that."

Board members also agreed to pay for conduit and an electrical panel on 13th Avenue North for a future marquee sign and potential scoreboard or concession area for the school at a cost of $12,653.68.

The final change order will save the district $16,521.75 by having the mechanical contractor provide some electrical equipment and having the electrical contractor install it.

In other action, the board:

• Approved a three-year 28E agreement with the city of Clinton to continue the school resource officer program.

Superintendent Deb Olson explained she consistently meets with Police Chief Brian Guy, administrators and those involved in the program to see to its continued success and improvements.

"They are a vital part of what we do and I'm going to tell you that I sleep better at night knowing they are working in the district," Olson said.

Cpl. Pat Cullen, officer Matt Lorenzen and officer Shane Haskell will continue to serve as the district's SROs.

When the new middle school opens, two officers will be assigned to Clinton High School while the other will be at the middle school. Two of the officers also will each oversee two of the elementary schools, Olson explained.

• Agreed to terminate Jacci Arioso and Amy Cady for violations of the district rules, regulations and unavailability.

• Re-appointed Jerry VanScoy as the district's legal counsel.