By: Jillian Wilson
Melissa Bitner's son is a Clinton elementary student.
Next year he makes the big jump to middle school and Bitner says she feels bad he'll be separated from his friends.
"I know he's a little nervous next year about being split up with his friends because the school he's going to now, some of them are going to go to the other school," says Melissa Bitner, a Clinton mom.
That's why the Clinton community wants to build a brand new, 20 million dollar middle school to accommodate all students.
With some extra money from the 1 cent sales tax hike, they can make the new school a reality.
"The district has virtually undergone a transformation of being able to really modify and look at our facilities and doing what's best for our kids," says Deb Olsen, Clinton Community Superintendent.
Superintendent Olsen says the middle schools now just don't meet the needs of the children anymore.
The new school on 13th avenue would have innovative classrooms where kids can learn in a technology based setting.
Not to mention it would be air conditioned.
"We're very excited about having this new opportunity for our kids because that's what it's all about."
Moms like Bitner can rest easier knowing Clinton has her child in mind.
"I think combining them in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade will just help them build relationships better. It will help the transition into high school a little easier," says Bitner.
The board will go over bids for the project on January 14th.
The superintendent says they hope to break ground this spring and be finished by the spring of 2014.