The Marshall School District Facility Committee will be taking the summer off.
Having completed the first phase of its proposal, the committee will not meet in July or August as district architects ACI Frangkiser Hutchins prepare cost estimates for the items included by the committee.
At a meeting Monday evening, the committee reviewed the proposal which was presented to the Board of Education in April. Since the presentation, the committee has received letters from board members Jeanette Klinge and Jeff Stubblefield indicating their support. Committee Chairman George Clemens said he had received positive comments from other board members as well.
Clemens and committee member Morris Shikles expressed their opinion that the board members like the way the plan is developing. They and fellow member Walt Keith said the time has come to start looking at professional cost estimates.
"This whole thing's based on a (guess)," Keith said.
After getting a consensus from his committee, Clemens asked Superintendent of Schools Joe Aull to have the district's architects prepare cost estimates for:
* renovating Bueker Middle School's wiring, plumbing and air conditioning to make the facility usable for another 15 to 20 years;
* building one new elementary building for students in the third through fifth grades;
* adding two science labs to Marshall High School;
* providing air-conditioning for the high school's industrial arts building;
* relocating the Saline County High School, an alternative serving Marshall and the three other K-12 districts in the county, to one of the district's existing elementary buildings.
During Monday's meeting it was also the consensus of the group that in addition to preparing estimates of financial costs of the project, support from teachers must also be sought. Committee member Ron Drake said that without the teachers a bond issue will not pass.
"We need their endorsement and their support," he said.
After some discussion, the committee also came to the decision that it would be in the district's best interest to pursue the bond issue in April 2003. Any earlier would be too soon to prepare and any later would be viewed negatively by those who want new schools, members said.
The board scheduled its next meeting for Sept. 16. In the interim, the Land Acquisition Subcommittee will meet to begin the process of locating a piece of land suitable for the district's construction needs.