The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 29, 2013

Northeast prepares for $7.2 million bond referendum

By Amy Kent
Herald Correspondent

GOOSE LAKE — An important vote on Tuesday, April 2, will decide the future of the Northeast School District.

A $7.5 million bond referendum will be put in front of voters, and if approved, will fund a new science wing, a new gymnasium and new athletic facilities for Northeast High School.

An informational meeting was held Wednesday to inform the district of the details of the referendum. At that time, Superintendent Jim Cox made it very clear the aim for these additions is to improve the learning capabilities of the children.

The most important addition, according to Cox, is the new science wing. The conceptual design details included three new classrooms at approximately 2,700 square feet, three times the size of the existing classrooms. The size increase is to implement a laboratory area for students to practice a more hands-on approach to scientific experiments.

Another addition is a new gymnasium. The current gymnasium seats approximately 800 spectators.

The new design concept will create seating for 1,500 spectators and add a removable bleacher section that will accommodate an additional 300 seats.

While the science wing and gymnasium are the main focuses of the referendum, there also are the renovation and upgrading of the high school’s fitness area and the construction of a new baseball diamond.

According to a timeline released by Cox and Board President Chuck Corr, construction of the new baseball diamond is the first item to be addressed. If the referendum is approved, the project should begin as soon as June 2013 and be completed in time for the 2014 season.

The construction of the new science wing is anticipated to begin September 2013 and, depending on building codes and design concepts, to be completed by December 2014.

To keep community members informed with the project, the Northeast School Board will host monthly meetings speaking about budget control, design details, and any other concerns people may have. Cox and Corr emphasized how important it is for the community to get involved and stay involved during this entire process.

“This is all for the kids. They are why we’re doing this,” said Cox.