A special meeting to discuss the fate of the old Clear Creek School building drew about 40 citizens to hear options, give ideas and ask questions about the decommissioning of the building.
During the information portion of the meeting, coordinator Melissa Butcher explained that the district still owns the building and no decision on the fate of the building has been made. The building will be used by the district through the spring of 2013 but should be vacant that year as well. The purpose of the community input, she said, was to determine the community's wants concerning the building, which will drive whatever decision is made by the school board.
Those attending formed themselves into small groups to brainstorm ideas and discuss options and then shared those with the larger group. Those ideas will be compiled into a report to be presented to the school board and other interested parties in the future.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Rod Kessler said he was pleased with the meeting.
Some ideas for the use of the building were: using it for the boys and girls club and Sheridan College in Johnson County; an annex for the Jim Gatchell Museum; a small business incubator; and a community center for the arts; as well as many others.
Information from the meeting and future meetings, as well as an online comment form will be available by going to