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Clinton ponders larger school

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ANN MARIE AMES
October 5, 2007
— A little extra space and security could be in the future for kids in the Clinton Community School District.

Bray Associates architects of Sheboygan shared plans for upgrades to the district’s buildings Thursday night and gave, for the first time, cost estimates for the proposed projects.


While no decisions have been made, and the full school board hasn’t even seen the proposals, construction would be outside the district’s operating budget, and the community would have to go to referendum to approve it.


Plans include:


-- A $7.9 million expansion to Clinton Elementary School, 301 East St. An expanded building could hold 615 students. It currently serves 483 pre-school through fourth graders.


The expansion would bring Clinton Elementary to 73,900 square feet. A new gym, library, classrooms and office space would make things more comfortable. Other classrooms would be renovated.


The new construction would total $2.4 million, and the renovations would cost $660,000.


Plumbing, electrical and HVAC upgrades would be in the works.


-- Bray presented costs estimates, but no floor plan, for a new $13 million to $15 million elementary school.


“We knew you weren’t really interested (in a new elementary school building),” said architect Matt Wolfert. “But it’s important to—if you decide to go through with a referendum—to have this as ammunition, if you will. You can say you ruled it out, mainly because it cost between $13 million and $15 million.”


The estimates were for an 84,546-square-foot building.


-- $1.4 million in plumbing, electrical and heating and air conditioning upgrades at Clinton Middle School, 115 Milwaukee Road. The building serves fifth through eighth grades. A security door could be added at Clinton High School, 112 Milwaukee Road.


-- Bray will also assist the district in upgrading its technology, particularly with classroom assisted listening devices.


Technology upgrades would be possible whether the district built a new elementary school or simply upgraded its current one, Wolfert said.



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