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Plans for renovation project online

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

East Side Elementary is one of the elementary schools within the Clay Community School Corporation that will be receiving upgrades through the building project. The white portions of the building show what the additions will look like in contrast to the current building, which is, shaded grey. For more information, or to look at the changes in the works for other schools log onto http://www.schmidt-arch.com/owners/ClaySchoolsFlash.html.
Residents in the Clay Community School Corporation now have access from their computer to updates on the building renovation project.

By logging on to http://www.clay.k12.in.us/corp/cupdate.c..., patrons can view a detailed schedule and timeline, as well as view the updates made at each board meeting. By clicking on the current elementary building plans and information link, patrons can view photos of projected of the finished elementary schools as well as find out the changes being made to each school.

"We want to keep the public informed of what is going on with the project," Clay Community School Board of Trustees President Brian Atkinson said. "Meridian, Eastside and Staunton Elementary are our buildings that are in the most need."

Those interested will also be able to view a project budget summary, which breaks down the amount of money going to each school based on the schematic design team and the design development team. The total cost of the project is configured to $26,285,000.

"Getting rid of the modular buildings and the metal building at Staunton is a real plus," he said.

The school board voted 6-0 (board member Dottie King was absent) during the June 11 meeting to declare the modular classrooms at Meridian and East Side Elementary obsolete.

Atkinson is looking at not only the educational need for more classrooms for the students but also using the gyms for other schools.

"The current gyms at these schools are little more than garage size. Once the gyms are built, that will give additional in-town gym space that can be used by Northview (High School) and North Clay (Middle School) for practices. This can eliminate the need for many activities to practice all the way out at Van Buren," he said. "The gyms will not have seating to hold athletic events for Northview and North Clay, but the floors will be full size just like at Jackson Township Elementary."

Currently, the design development team is planning to give a presentation to the board concerning Bid Package Four (Van Buren, Forest Park and Clay City Elementary) and the construction documents will be presented for Bid Packages Two (Jackson Township Elementary) and Three (East Side, Meridian and Staunton Elementary).

This is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m., July 9, during the school board meeting in the media center at North Clay Middle School.

Where the money is going

LocationSchematic Design EstimateDesign Development
East Side Elementary$5,292,148$5,537,223
Forest Park Elementary$2,555,638TBD
Jackson Elementary$743,885$743,885
Meridian Elementary$5,144,336$5,231,461
Staunton Elementary$4,495,256$4,126,660
Van Buren Elementary$1,524,715TBD
Clay City Elementary$771,686TBD
Secondary School Security$134,066$207,872

Note: For a more detailed look please log on to http://www.clay.k12.in.us/corp/cupdate.c....

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Again Mr Atkinson is looking at extra curriculars when we don't have the money to maintain academics in our schools. Read his quote:

"The current gyms at these schools are little more than garage size. Once the gyms are built, that will give additional in-town gym space that can be used by Northview (High School) and North Clay (Middle School) for practices.

WHEN will people learn that we don't have enough money for both and every time we spend it on extra curriculars we take away from academics?

It doesn't matter that it comes from a different pot than staffing, any building is going to have increased labor involved with it for its care and administrative needs.

Yet this is a done deal it seems...There's a joke that goes around saying when the world is coming to an end, move to Kentucky as they are 20 years behind...better yet move to Clay County as they are 50 years behind. We can no longer operate as we did when Clay county was a booming coal community. We have to prepare our young people differently for a different world. Talk about "left behind".

We need fewer buildings with more classrooms and teachers. Not maintianing and administrating more buildings [LEEAP facility, central office, possibly an elementary school]and bigger gymnasiums. Consolidate and educate.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Jun 24, 2009, at 7:37 AM

Good to see that all educational aspects were considered when putting together this building project. There were 3 car accidents last year where students and teachers going to Van Buren for practice were in wrecks. I would rather have seen a second gym built at Northview but with all the nay sayers we have around here, we are lucky to get what we can.

-- Posted by HappyTimes on Wed, Jun 24, 2009, at 5:39 PM

Happy to see this project! One thing new families consider when relocating is the state of the schools in the area they are thinking about moving to. I would venture to say new industry takes that into consideration too! Added gym space is a BIG plus! If you haven't been tracking the stats, Indiana now has the 10th highest obesity rate in the US, and about 1/3rd of our children in Indiana are considered overweight. Don't believe me, google it! Being physically fit helps the mind stay in shape as well.

As for the Modular Classrooms... I thought they were a temporary fix when I had classes in them... which at the time, they were the only air conditioned classrooms at East Side... not to mention the horrible tornado drills and braving the weather for lunch.

Jenny... I really don't think CCSC should put themselves through another consolidation, any kind of consolidation. Look what happen with the last one. Even the idea of it makes me gassy. Repeating similar sounds at the end of two or more words does not mean it's a good idea or even an acceptable public cry. I'll give your rhetorical question (that I am pretty sure isn't a part of Mr. Atkinson's quote) a shot:

"WHEN will people learn that we don't have enough money for both and every time we spend it on extra curriculars we take away from academics?"

You got me here! I cannot answer this. No one can. Extra curricular activities can often encourage students to do better academically... so maybe more extra curricular opportunities can lead to more students buckling down and studying harder. Correct me if I am wrong, but teachers do get a a sliver of cash for sponsoring extra curricular activities and they do get the opportunity to teach a little outside of the classroom. Just a thought.

Total YEA! for the improvements! Let's hope this doesn't go stale.

-- Posted by MaryWasHere on Thu, Jun 25, 2009, at 1:44 AM

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