With the April 8 election drawing near, members of the Marshall Facility Committee are stepping up their promotion efforts.
The group's Tuesday meeting reviewed what has been done to date and made plans for the ongoing campaign. The committee is working to promote an $11.9 million bond issue that would fund several projects including the construction of a new elementary school for grades three through five, make improvements to Bueker Middle School and add two science labs at Marshall High School.
Sharon Mills, chairwoman of the Public Relations Subcommittee, said small groups of three or four have begun giving PowerPoint presentations to civic organizations about the issue. The presentation has been given to the Lions Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, Kiwanis Club and the Marshall Chamber of Commerce. The group has also met with the staff at Eastwood and Northwest schools and the Marshall Optimist Club has had two presentations. She said John Fletcher and ConAgra have been helpful in lending a projector for the presentations.
Mills also reported the group has been successful in distributing promotional buttons and brochures. Now down to only a handful of each, additional materials are being ordered to finish out the campaign. Dale Zank, vice chairman of the committee, said he was able to distribute a number of the brochures at the recent Chamber of Commerce Academic Excellence Banquet.
"We got to visit with a lot of people," he said.
Committee chairman George Clemens said speaking with people individually has been helpful in addressing some of the negative feelings he has encountered.
"A lot of those things, if we can get one on one, we can answer them," he said.
Shermaine Riggins, treasurer, reported the group had received $3,745 in cash donations and receipts for in-kind contributions are still coming in. It was the consensus of the group to spend all available funds for advertising, but to do so wisely. Members decided to distribute their funds across print, radio and cable television and between the different venues of each.
Zank reported that his "hands of support" are steadily coming back. The hands ask people to sign their name in support of the bond issue and those names will be compiled as a list to run in advertising in the days prior to the election.
The meeting ended with a work session to develop answers to questions frequently asked about the bond issue.