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5-Year Capital Spending - Monday Night

District 56 Board of Trustees to consider a guide to spending $18.2 Million on Clinton-Joanna Schools


On Monday, the local school board will consider a guide to spending $18.2 Million - with $18.4 Million coming from 3 funding sources - on the public schools of Clinton and Joanna. Included is a $1,967,207 move of the District Office.

The 5 Year Capital Spending Guide will be considered at the Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m. meeting in the Clinton High School auditorium. The meeting is open to the public, and a public comments time is set aside for people who contact the district in advance.

The plan also includes $1.5M to convert the old American Legion Building into the District Conference Center, and $175,000 for weapons detection systems and security upgrades. District 56, which used to have offices in the former Florida Street School, now is located in the MS Bailey Municipal Building in Uptown Clinton - it is moving to a former church near Eastside Elementary School, and a tour for board members is scheduled for tomorrow (Feb. 24). The City of Clinton is checking with state agencies to see if there is interest in leasing the space the district is vacating.

The $18.4M in capital revenues over 5 years comes from 3 sources:

  • $2,137,000 from the General Fund;
  • $11,934,204 from the Capital Projects Fund - Annual 8% of SCAGO Bonds; and
  • $4,387,625 from Federal Grants ESSR II & III.

The building plan does not require a referendum because the annual spending proposed does not exceed 8% of the district total property tax value. No new schools are proposed - listed but not included for funding is an Eastside Elementary School expansion of a proposed $7M. Clinton's largest residential neighborhood is under construction now beside Eastside Elementary School off the Springdale Drive By-pass.

Also on Monday night's agenda for the monthly meeting are Joanna Woodson School presentation, special recognitions - art students, SC Junior Scholars, CHS Academic Team, Wrestling, and Girls Varsity and Boys Varsity Basketball, audience participation, superintendent's report, budget/finance, instruction and operations reports, and approvals of policies: Patriotic, Flags & Unincumbered Time during the school day for K-5 teachers and Special Education teachers (per state law).

The next school board regular meeting will be March 27.


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