Clinton Journal | Clinton Academy property sold

At the February 15 meeting of the Clinton School Board, Superintendent Curt Nettles announced that the property that includes Clinton Academy had been sold.

Nettles said he has yet to meet with the new owners to determine the future of the property, but he hopes “we can keep things there; Status quo.”

The district has been looking for a new space for its students with special needs, Nettles said, so now it may also have to find a new location for the Academy.

Nettles and Deputy Superintendent Drew Goebel reviewed the properties, but Nettles added, “We had a meeting with the folks at Richland (Community College) about the building between the college and Jimmy Johns. They don’t own — by the way — they rent it. We will therefore carry out a more in-depth investigation of this property. They (Richland) don’t necessarily have many plans for this property in the future. If we could find anything, this building would be very useful to us.

Nettles also told the board that the district’s lawsuit against the Illinois State Board of Education was filed Feb. 10 and a hearing was scheduled for Feb. 22.

Superintendent Clinton worked with other superintendents on a “Make it Local” coalition to ensure local control over decisions about masks and Covid-19 restrictions and regulations.

“My view is to continue to follow our plan for the remainder of the school year…mask optional.”

In other cases counsel:

Approved school calendar for 2022-23

Approved the district’s membership in the Illinois Elementary School Association and the Illinois High School Association

Approved the hiring of Jade Johnson, Janitor, effective immediately, and Mally Hickman, PE teacher at Clinton Junior High School for the 2022-23 school year.

Endorsed Jena Thomas as volunteer assistant track coach for the 2021-22 season.

Approved the girls’ track and field team overnight trip to Triad High School on April 8-9, 2022.

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