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December 19, 2013

Special requests concern CCDA

CLINTON — The Clinton County Development Association will consider a moratorium on special funding requests, the group decided after it received two such requests during its monthly meeting.

During the board's meeting Wednesday morning, Camanche Superintendent Tom Parker and Clinton School District Superintendent Deb Olson made special requests to fund school projects outside of the normal fund A or B grants.

"I think we need to think about whether we need to eliminate special appeals," CCDA Chairman Tom Fullerton said after both superintendents had presented.

Parker asked the board to fund 75 percent of the roughly $232,000 to replace the bleachers on the visitors' side of the football field and new lighting for the field. Both items, which have been in place since the 1960s, are safety hazards, Parker told CCDA members.

He went on to explain the difficulties in securing funding for the projects from the community or athletic booster club. Camanche School Board member Dan Srp added the booster club is focusing on a wrestling room for the middle school.

If the district found the funding, Parker would like to complete the project by next fall.

Olson asked the board to help furnish the new middle school, which is expected to open next fall. Because the school board decided to add four classrooms to ensure the building will house sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, the district is in a financial pinch for $850,000 in furnishings. She explained the district has used all of its local option sales tax money through 2029 to pay for the $21 million school.

The district could use furnishings from Lyons and Washington middle schools, but those items are "pretty old," Olson said.

The Central Clinton School District is also expected to make a special request in the coming months, CCDA Director Matt Stammeyer told fellow directors.

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