By Michelle Leidy-Franklin
CLEARWATER – A special meeting was held Monday for the USD 264 Clearwater Board of Education, the Clearwater Recreation Commission, and the Clearwater City Council to discuss common goals and the future of the Clearwater community. The meeting took place prior to the regular BOE meeting and was held at the new safe room at Clearwater Intermediate-Middle School.
“I am really excited to hear about things that are going on in the community and starting a discussion about how we might work together in the future. I know you’ve already done that on a lot of projects, so I will probably learn more than anyone tonight,” said USD 264 superintendent Chris Cooper.
Amanda German from the recreation commission addressed the group regarding plans and goals of the commission.
“Right now our goal is to provide activities for all community members,” said German.
German said that activities are typically focused on children, but the recreation commission would like to shift its focus to include activities for all community members and do so year-round. She also continued with a discussion of long-term goals to include a recreation center as an added value to the community.
Clearwater city administrator Ron Marsh added that the city could be approving a vendor to provide the next city study to gauge the needs of the community. He said he believed it would be the “perfect opportunity” to include the rec commission goals to gauge community desire and need. The school district is already included as a stake holder for consultation by the firm conducting the study.
The study would take approximately 12 months and all parties were interested in seeing how they could best serve the community by work together during and after the study was performed. The meeting was well attended, including an appearance by county commissioner Sarah Lopez and all groups appeared to agree on allowing the community study to help guide their efforts. Participants also agreed to continue meeting as a group in the future, tentatively agreeing to meet every six months in order to consolidate plans.
“I’m looking forward to all of us working together,” said Marsh.