School board discusses Washington school property for future building trades

CLINTON — At the Nov. 21 meeting of the Clinton School Board of Education, board members discussed the future of the property that was the former site of Washington School. The school was torn down after Clinton Elementary School opened.

At a previous meeting, board members had discussed the possibility of using the property for trades or construction projects for Clinton High School students or donate the property to Habitat for Humanity outright or with the condition of high school students learning construction trades along with the Habitat builds.

“Do we want to donate the lot to Habitat or do we want to hold onto it until we can develop a (trades) program?” asked Superintendent Curt Nettles.

“I think it behooves us to hang onto it for now,” said board member Ron Conner.

Board president Mike Walker asked about the time it would take to establish a building trades program at the high school.

“We want to make sure we have the right, certified person in place to handle (the program),” said Nettles. “That’s the delay on our end.”

Board member Rodney Rogers estimated the property could hold 12 houses.

“I think that’s a lot of property if we’re looking to start a trades program,” said Walker.

Currently, two CHS students are in the building trades program at the Bloomington Area Career Center (BACC).

Conner suggested the district consider creating a satellite program with the BACC for a trades program.

BACC serves the entire region and Nettles said he is trying to cultivate a possible satellite for more than just building trades.

“We have an excellent auto shop at the high school,” he said.

“I think the consensus is that we hold onto the property, especially if we go into a building trades program,” said Walker. “If we don’t have that land it could hurt the progress of that program.”

In other business, the board:

  • Heard a school improvement plan from CHS Principal Jerry Wayne.
  • Discussed at-large board elections.
  • Heard about the need for a resource position in grades 2/3.
  • Approved the tentative levy for 2018-19.
  • Approved the employment of Seth Schutte as assistant wrestling coach; Miranda Ennis as a volunteer assistant coach for CHS girls’ basketball; Angela Morrison as CES secretary/clerical aide; and Miranda Stipp as CJSH special education teacher.




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