After the first round of meetings with area landowners, progress is being made to finalize the Marshall School District's plans for a third bond issue attempt.
Superintendent of Schools Joe Aull, part of the Site Selection Negotiation Committee, said the committee's meetings focused on discussing purchase options and land prices with the owners of four plots of land currently being considered for the location of a proposed elementary school.
The Marshall Facility Committee narrowed the field from more than 10 sites to the four, which include:
* land in the southeast part of town off the Lincoln Street extension owned by the Banks family;
* property east of Lincoln Street between its intersection with Morrow Street and Route WW owned by the Gieringer family;
* ground located north of Missouri Highway 240 and west of Route O owned by the city of Marshall;
* and a tract of land in the northwest part of town west of Miami Avenue, south of Highway 240 and east of U.S. Highway 65 referred to as the Newell site.
Aull said the Site Selection Negotiation Committee, which also includes Jeanette Klinge and Jay Barton of the Board of Education and George Clemens and Scott Hartwig of the Facility Committee, had made no decision as to which piece of property to pursue. That decision will be made by the full Board of Education with the assistance of the Facility Committee.
"Right now I guess you'd say we're on kind of a fact-finding mission," Aull said.
A meeting of the school board and Facility Committee will likely be scheduled prior to the board's next regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Aull said at those meetings the board and committee will finalize the plan that will ultimately be presented to the public in April.
When it comes time to promote the bond issue, Aull said, he hopes the Facility Committee will continue to help the district. He said because of the time and energy committee members have expended, they are very knowledgeable about the bond issue to finance school improvements.
"I hope that they will stay with us and help to educate the public," Aull said. "They have a wealth of information."