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Few may attend meeting

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Clay Community Schools has scheduled its second public meeting dealing with its proposed $53 million renovation project for today.

The meeting will take place at North Clay Middle School and is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Brazil Times has put together two different polls on its website regarding this issue and based on the numbers of the current poll, not many residents are expected to attend the meeting.

The corporation conducted a similar meeting last week at Clay City High School with several residents attending.

However, The Times' latest website poll shows the majority of people that voted won't be at today's meeting.

The Times asked readers who visit the website if they planned on attending the corporation's scheduled meeting today to voice their opinion on the renovation proposal.

Only 66 people voted on the poll, with 50 (75.8 percent) saying they didn't think they would attend the meeting.

Only 10 voters (15.2 percent) stated they would certainly be at the meeting while six voters (9.1 percent) said they would go to the meeting, but would not voice an opinion.

Seven of the 66 voters added comments to the poll. One resident stated, "My opinion on the corporation's renovation project is that it should absolutely not be done until they resolve the five-year teacher contract dispute. They need to solve the old problems before they try to take on a project of this magnitude."

Another reader stated, "The modernization of our facilities is very important to help improve the learning environment, safety and security of our children and staff. When we make the final payment on the Northview/Clay City bond next year, we will be in a position to finance this new project by keeping the current tax rate the same."

Still, another reader stated, "why, what good would it do."

Just a few weeks ago, The Times conducted a similar poll, asking readers if they were in favor of the renovation project.

Of the voters, 96 (40.2 percent) said it should have been done a long time ago while 75 voters (31.4 percent) said they were not in favor of the project at all. In addition, 59 voters (24.7 percent) said they would prefer the corporation look into other options while nine voters (3.8 percent) said they were in favor of the project, but were not pleased with it.

Today's meeting will be similar to last week's in that architects will present the community photos of proposed new additions to buildings within the corporation along with lists of renovations and additions to be made.

The public will have the opportunity to voice their opinion at the meeting, which will take place in the commons area.

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Some people might not go to the meeting because they heard only 2 board members showed up for the Clay City meeting on the same subject. What an insult to the residents in Clay City!!

-- Posted by 5longyears on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 5:46 AM

It is obvious to everyone that the teacher contract situation is urgent, however, we cannot get the two issues confused. The monies which would be used for the renovation project would not be available for salaries. If the community doesn't support the bond initiative now, the repairs and improvements will have to wait. How pleased will everyone be in 10 years when taxes have to increase to cover essential repairs to keep our children in adequate facilities? I am not in favor of spending just to spend, but some amount of foresight is needed to anticipate future maintenance and upgrade needs.

-- Posted by raidermanz on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 1:09 PM

I was very glad that raidermanz recognized that the teacher contract situation is urgent. I have not confused the two issues but I don't think that the current school board has the ability to handle the 53 million building dollar project. I know many citizens who feel the same.

-- Posted by 5longyears on Thu, Sep 27, 2007, at 8:59 PM

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