CLINTON

The Clinton School District is considering downsizing from three school buildings to two in an updated plan based on voters’ rejection of the spring facilities referendum.

The district operates Clinton Elementary School at 301 East St., Clinton Middle School at 115 Milwaukee Road and Clinton High School at 112 Milwaukee Road.

The school board is considering options such as renovating the middle school or building a new elementary school adjacent to the high school, according to a news release.

Voters rejected the district’s $41.9 million referendum by a vote of 1,158 - 803 on April 2.

The money would have paid for construction of a new elementary school and renovations to the high school. The elementary school would have housed grades 4K through six, and grades seven and eight would have moved to the high school, shrinking the district’s footprint from three buildings to two.

“Last spring, voters didn’t support the solution we presented,” school board President Ken Luety said. “However, that doesn’t change the very real facility needs that impact our students, staff and community every day.”

After reflecting on the election results, the board requested updated information about alternatives.

At the Dec. 4 board meeting, representatives of Eppstein Uhen Architects and JP Cullen presented seven options and their associated cost estimates.

“We are revisiting a range of solutions to address our most critical needs and increase operational efficiency,” District Administrator Jim Brewer said.

All of the options allow the district to downsize from three buildings to two. The options also address, to varying degrees, other needs such as safety, security and high-priority capital maintenance.

“We must address what are quickly becoming urgent needs in our district,” Luety said.

“The school board and district leaders are committed to finding a sound, long-term solution for students, staff and our community.”

Information about campuswide facilities planning is available at clinton.k12.wi.us.

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