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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bid openings for the renovations of East Side, Meridian and Staunton elementary schools (bid package 3) as well the Jackson Township Elementary School sewer line (bid package 2) were conducted in the cafeteria at East Side, Tuesday. Skillman Corporation Construction Management conducted the openings and the results will be tabulated and presented to the school board for approval during a special meeting on Aug. 27. Kimberly Gleason Photo.

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Hooray! So glad to see the wheels of progress in motion and the kids of Clay County getting the learning environment they deserve.

-- Posted by Sunspotbaby on Tue, Aug 11, 2009, at 10:31 PM

Too bad that the students of Clay Community Schools will not be getting the learning environment that they could and should have got out of the expenditure of this amount of money. Too bad our elementary schools will be left in a system still operating like it was 1965 that is draining our education budget by duplicating services instead of consolidating buildings to provide what is needed at the lowest possible cost. Too bad that the community is so asleep that very few are even aware of the facts concerning the costs and options that were available to us because they were never brought out by the school corporation.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Aug 12, 2009, at 10:37 AM

Yes Leo you're absolutely on the right path. It is such a waste of resources to upgrade 50 yr old buildings for our future generation. The school corportation should have followed your guidance and put up tents with port-o-lets. This would have saved money and valuable time. Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by hope4county on Wed, Aug 12, 2009, at 12:29 PM

Actually, my thought was to build one new school for the students of Eastside and Meridian at a cost of around 15 million, with plans to replace the other four around Brazil with two buildings like that one over the next thirty years. Plans to replace the Clay City Elementary building in the next thirty years should also be made.

Closing Eastside as a school would have allowed us to re-task that property as the Central Office at less than the projected construction cost for that needed facility of over 2 million and the back lot is large enough to contain the bus maintenance facility which can be built for less than the 4 million dollars.

All of these options were available to the planners, all of the information is accessible on the Internet except the facts about our buildings which the school corporation did not release until after the plan was approved and then not in a concise report but in fragments contained in news stories over almost three years.

The public and the school board were led into making a decision without being informed of the facts.

That is what irritates me.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 7:07 AM

I was at many of those meetings and I think many people were informed. That is why all the petitions and such were signed.

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 9:20 AM

Sassypants, if the public was informed, why weren't simple questions from the public publicly answered at those meetings?

Questions such as what are the ages of the buildings in question (answered in print in this paper what it was stated that the elementary schools were built between 1954 and 1965)or how long do you expect to be able to use these buildings (answered by superintendant when asked at meeting of School Property Tax Board when he stated that we can expect to use Clay City for 40 more years after renovation).

Yes, the public was informed of everything that supported the plan many times while the overwhelming facts that another option would have been the better choice for the students and the community were concealed.

I really loved it at the 1028 hearing when three citizens opposed the plan, three citizens who were unaffiliated with the school corporation favored the plan, and over twenty school corporation advocated the plan, most of them from schools that should be consolidated.

I also appreciate the fact that our prosecutor took no action on activities that the law says the school corporation can not do, that every other school corporation in the state comments publicly that they do not like the restrictions, yet our school corporation did to defeat the remonstrance such as using taxpayer funded equipment to organize.

Wouldn't it have been open and above board, got all of the facts out, and then made a decision instead of manipulating the public into a decision that is wastefull of the taxpayer's money and does nothing to enhance education in our schools?

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Aug 13, 2009, at 3:22 PM

LOL, Sassypants, you cost me a sleepless night during which I compared what I found out since Sept. 2007 and what the public and the school board were informed of before the school board voted on this building project. Given that we did need to do something to our buildings, basically, that was all the public was told. They were not told what the options were and what the long-range costs and benefits of each option were. They were not even told that they are investing 11 million dollars in two buildings that average 4 million dollars in value.

You state that think that the public was informed. The old saying goes that ignorance is bliss. I have a feeling that if you had access to what I know, you would feel much as I do!

Now, we just have to figure out a way to squeeze as much education out of this school corporation as we can given what we have to work with as far as buildings and budgets stand.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Fri, Aug 14, 2009, at 1:50 PM

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