Community asked for bond input


The last school bond issue passed in Clinton was nearly a decade ago, and the Clinton School Board is now in the early planning stages for the next one. The board’s first step will be to ask the community what its vision is for the future of Clinton schools, at a community meeting to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the Clinton Middle School auditorium. 
School board members Kim Meacham and Luke Adams are organizing the push to get as many people as they can to attend the meeting, which will be the first of many to be held over the summer. 
“We want to know what the community wants us to do, instead of someone just telling us what they’re going to do,” said Meacham. 
Adams’ father, former Clinton Superintendent of Schools Perry Adams, set an example for them to follow. After several decades of failed bond issues in Clinton, the senior Adams was able to successfully pass several — after first asking Clintonites themselves what they wanted to see on the bond issues. 
A preliminary meeting was held this week to ask school administrators for their input, and more classrooms were high on their “wish list.”
“We want to get input from as many people as we possibly can at this first meeting, to hear what their No. 1 priority is,” said Adams. “We’ve already had architects walk through each school to give their input, but what’s really going to matter is what the community wants.”
He said the results of the first community meeting will be announced at the Strategic Plan progress meeting scheduled for March 26.
When the bond issue is finalized, a special election will be called later this year where voters will get to decide whether or not to pass it. 

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