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Clinton schools seek voter approval for $25M bond issue

Clinton High School sign

 

Clinton Public School District

Dr. Tim Martin, Superintendent

(601) 924-7533

Media contact: Sandi Beason, APR

 

Bond measure should not require a tax increase

 

CLINTON — After nearly a decade of annual increases in enrollment, the Clinton Public School District’s facilities are at capacity.

 

The Clinton School Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to seek voter approval for a $25 million bond issue for facility upgrades throughout the district. The bond issue should not require a tax increase, based on economic projections with Continental Tire manufacturing plant and citywide growth.

 

“We are bursting at the seams,” said Dr. Tim Martin, Superintendent of Schools. “Rising enrollment is a good thing and we’re blessed to be able to attract so many families to Clinton. But we have reached a point where we must expand our facilities to meet the growth.”

 

In 2008, CPSD enrolled 4,710 students; as of May 2018 enrollment was more than 5,300 students.

 

The scope of the bond would include:

 

  • Clinton High School – Relocate the CHS Career Complex from its current location on Lakeview Drive to the CHS main campus on Arrow Drive; expanding the band hall; additional classrooms; and electrical upgrades for technology.
  • Clinton Junior High School – Once the CHS Career Complex relocates, renovate this facility to house CJHS fine arts programs and elective classes; renovate the current fine arts area into administrative offices with a safer main entrance to the school; turn current administrative area into classrooms; and improved lighting and electrical upgrades.
  • Lovett Elementary School – Exterior façade renovations and safer main entrance; additional classrooms and restrooms; and adjustments to the school driveway.
  • Eastside and Northside Elementary Schools – additional classrooms as needed.
  • Clinton Park Elementary – Expanded cafeteria and additional classrooms.

 

 

“This bond issue will allow us to meet growth in our enrollment, and also to improve the quality of our programs and make our facilities safer,” Martin said.

 

The bond election will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11 and is open to registered voters who live in the Clinton Public School District boundaries.