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New school proposal appears well-researched
Posted Saturday, October 31, at 4:53 PM
From Richard C. Raynor, M.D. Marshall As a former Marshall school board member, I realize how difficult it is to go to the public to ask for a bond issue vote. But the present proposition appears to be well thought out and researched, a reasonable solution to the problem of aging school buildings...

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Timing is right for building new school
Posted Friday, October 30, at 12:35 PM

From Laura Thiel Marshall A quality education is the greatest gift that you can give yourself, your children and our community. What better way to show support of a quality, progressive education than to support the new school complex bond issue on Nov. 3!...

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Writer supports kids but opposes tax increase to build new school
Posted Friday, October 30, at 12:34 PM

From Dewey Hendrix Marshall I would like to voice a small opinion about the school bond issue. First off I am for the kids but not the tax increases. The borrowing of stimulus money is a Catch-22 so to speak, first off we borrow back money we paid into the federal goverment cofers, at an interest rate still undermined as best I can tell from the different articles in the paper...

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Property owner questions school district's process for selecting site for proposed new school
Posted Friday, October 30, at 12:32 PM

From Ken Gieringer Marshall When the school district requested sites for consideration, I called and spoke to Dr. Noah. I explained that representing ownership of land which has three-quarters of a mile of frontage on on Lincoln Street, the size and number of possible sites was endless, and that when the board (or whoever was to start their evaluation) would contact me, I would provide pricing of sites. ...

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Long-time resident: Marshall needs schools the community can be proud of
Posted Wednesday, October 28, at 11:58 AM

From Clay Mead Marshall In 1957, my wife, Lela, and I decided to come to Marshall and open a furniture store. One of the qualifications that attracted us was the reputation of the public school system. It proved to be a good decision for me and my family...

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Retired teacher supports school bond issue
Posted Friday, October 23, at 6:45 PM

From Jane Huff Marshall It seems that there is a general consensus within the community that our school district is in need of facility improvements. I wholeheartedly agree. I feel a strong sentimental attachment to the old elementary buildings -- our children were educated there, and so were we. But educating our children isn't about preserving old buildings -- it's about preparing our children for a successful life in the 21st century...

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Old school buildings no longer fit educational needs
Posted Friday, October 9, at 4:38 PM

From Ray Finley Marshall I have professionally serviced the Marshall Public Schools for many years. I am familiar with all of the buildings and am aware of the deteriorating conditions that exist. Years ago, the public passed a bond issue to build a new high school, then much later, the people said yes to the renovation of our facilities. We haven't made a great deal of forward progress since...

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Opportunity knocks: New school would build on recent progress
Posted Tuesday, October 6, at 4:25 PM

From Disa Farris Gifted And Talented Expand (GATE) Instructor Marshall Public Schools I grew up in the City of St. Louis. While I love my city (and my Cardinals), I chose to come to Marshall in the mid-1970s, to seek a teaching degree from Missouri Valley College. I passed up acceptance packages from numerous east coast colleges because Marshall made an indelible impression on me as a community who really cared about its people...

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Thoughts of a Marshall school board member on the school bond issue
Posted Tuesday, October 6, at 4:24 PM

Kathy Green Marshall Board of Education member Being a member of the Marshall Public School's Board of Education is a privilege and an honor. I have shared that honor for nearly nine years with a group of people that give of their time and talents, at no cost to the District, so that our children will be prepared for their future...

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New school should be added to list of Marshall's recent additions
Posted Friday, September 25, at 9:25 PM

From Jane Lewis Marshall I wish you could have been there! It was great! A meeting open to the public welcoming anyone's opinion, looking for community ideas and input. Democracy in action! yes, I attended the meeting held Monday night, Sept. 14, at Bueker Middle School ion the upcoming school bond proposal. ...

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Land purchase for new school should be reconsidered
Posted Friday, September 25, at 9:24 PM

From Margaret Alfrey Marshall I am the first to admire the citizens who are willing to provide our grade school children with better schools. I certainly believe it is really needed! However, I don't agree with purchasing another property when they already own vacant lots east and west and behind the career center. Possibly even a two-story building. This is definitely large enough not only for a grade school but parking lot, also...

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Cost too high of proposed new school
Posted Friday, September 25, at 1:20 PM

From Walt Keith Marshall "They are doing it again!" I appreciate the effort of all those working on the current school bond campaign, as I was a member of the 2002-03 facility committee. However, I still think we are not learning from past mistakes. There is a reason that it takes 37 years to pass an issue...

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As the April 6 election approaches, voters in the Marshall Public School District will have much to say about the bond issue on the ballot and the proposed new elementary school the district will build if the issue is approved. Anyone who is interested in the issue can contribute an entry to this blog. However, only signed commentary will be posted as blog entries, but any MDN website user can post comments on the entries, just like on any other blog. We recommend community members use the Letter to the Editor form to submit their views on the issue. Commentary posted in this blog will also be published in the newspaper. We hope to see a wide range of views, with reasons given for positions taken, questions asked and concerns respectfully expressed. Anyone wishing to read articles about the bond issue and facility problems it is intended to address may wish to visit www.marshallnews.com/topic/mpsdbond09.