To the Marshall Public Schools Community:
The MPS Central Office is ready for the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. New teachers report on Aug. 8, everyone on Aug. 9, and the kids on Aug. 16.
We will be back to business as usual in MPS before we know it! Here are things happening around campus as we welcome our awesome Marshall students back to school:
MPS is offering online registration and many families have taken advantage of this convenient way to start school. For those who do not have access to the Internet, regular registration is Aug. 3 at the Spainhower School. This is a change from the past when students registered at Marshall High School.
Here is a list of MHS athletic events at home for the month of August:
8/18 Football vs Chillicothe - 7pm
8/18 Girls Tennis vs Mexico - 4:30pm
8/19 Girls Softball Tournament @ MHS - times TBA
8/21 JV/F Football @ Chillicothe - 5pm
8/22 Volleyball vs Kirksville - 5pm
8/22 Girls Tennis vs Kirksville - 4pm
8/23 Boys Soccer vs Moberly - 5pm
8/24 Softball vs Fulton - 5pm
8/25 Football vs Smith-Cotton - 7pm
8/26 Volleyball vs Hannibal - 11am
8/26 Softball vs Hannibal - 11am
8/28 Volleyball vs Oak Grove 5pm
8/28 Freshman Football - Boonville 5pm
8/28 Girls Tennis JV Tourn @ MHS - TBA
8/29 Softball vs Boonville - 5pm
8/29 Girls Golf vs Moberly/Glasgow - 4pm
8/31 Volleyball vs Mexico – 5:30pm
8/31 Girls Tennis vs Boonville - 4:30 pm
The high school roof, HVAC, concrete, asphalt and other construction projects are moving along appropriately and, weather permitting, we are hopefully optimistic that they will all be completed before the first day of school. Among items that have been, or will be, addressed this summer are the following:
- MHS, IA, and SCCC roofs and HVAC replacements
- MHS circle drive, parking lot, and sidewalk concrete repair/replacement
- MHS tennis courts renovation
- MHS clean up under the stadium storage, ground work and repair
- Interior and exterior painting and clean-up of elementary playgrounds
- Remodeling of MHS girls’ locker room
- Recoating roofs on Southeast and Benton
- Repair and retile entrance at Northwest
As many schools across the state and country, there is growing concern about the large amount of money the district is covering for unpaid breakfast and lunch charges. MPS also has this concern, with $14,417 left unpaid from last year. The admin team will discuss the situation and possible solutions, then make a detailed report at the August BOE meeting.
I have received information from Debbie Russell, Saline County clerk, pertaining to the district’s assessed valuation, needed to set the tax rate for the 2017-2018 school year. The table above shows a comparison between the past three years and the pending one. (These figures were generated before the Board of Equalization’s final report.)
For the past few years, the pipeline income has impacted the district’s tax rate. Beginning last year, the greatest impact has been from a significant reduction in corporate taxes. Those numbers will be available before the tax levy hearing, scheduled for Aug. 22 at 5:45.
As the Central Office has been warning, the significant cut in corporate taxes over the past two years has made a huge difference in the growth — or lack of it — in the district’s valuation.
As for the Hab Center property, Dr. Lorenz had planned to be farther along in the process of removal of the asbestos from the Forensics Building and replacing the roof on Spainhower. Our status, however, has not changed since last year. Dr. Lorenz has asked our architect to have specs for our projects in early spring to be able to begin the bidding process as early as possible. So far, the mechanical engineers have looked at replacing the HVAC system, rather than just repairing the chiller. They have also suggested we powder coat the roof rather than replacing the tin.
In conclusion, I would like to thank the parents, families and taxpayers of Marshall for all the support we receive each and every school year. We have a fantastic district that is getting better and better!