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Clinton school OKs referendum timeline

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ANN MARIE AMES
January 23, 2008
— There’s still no guarantee the Clinton Community School District will go to referendum in the fall.

But the school board Tuesday night took one more step toward putting a construction question on the Nov. 4 ballot.


The board approved a timeline and to-do list presented by Business Administrator Kathy Zwirgzdas. If all goes as planned, district residents will vote on an $8.3 million plan to expand the elementary school and upgrade security at the middle and high schools.


Plans call for a new gym, library and classrooms at Clinton Elementary School, 301 East St., Clinton.


The district is waiting on the results of a study to determine if it could use geothermal heating, a renewable practice that pulls heat and energy from underground.


The district also is interested in researching green roofs, which use vegetation for insulation and storm water runoff prevention.


Zwirgzdas plans to look into the feasibility of sharing library space with the village of Clinton.


Other projects include creating committees, hosting open houses and designing literature. All three things would help educate the community about the need for construction at the elementary school.


According to the timeline, the district will finalize the project budget in May and write a referendum question in July.


Approving the timeline does not guarantee the district will go to referendum in November, said Ken Luety, board president.



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