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School bond committee recommends 3-grade design

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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An architect's drawing showing the basic layout of a proposed three-grade elementary school favored by the bond issue campaign committee. The Marshall Board of Education will meet in special session Tuesday, Sept. 15, to consider the committee's recommendation.
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The Marshall Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, to consider school design recommendations made by the community bond committee at its meeting Monday, Sept. 14.

About 60 people attended the meeting at Bueker Middle School Monday, up from more than 20 at the group's first meeting Sept. 3.

After the school board makes its decision about the design recommendations, the committee plans to shift into full "campaign mode," according to co-chairman Wayne Crawford.

The $20 million school bond issue will be on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Architect Michael Kautz reviewed the three main design options that have been developed so far. Members of the committee posed a number of questions and suggestions, and the issue was put to a vote. A show of hands indicated strong support for a one-story, three-grade building.

The design the group favored was part of the original plan presented to the school board in July. That plan would have involved building the three-grade building and additions to Northwest and Benton elementary schools.

Other options were added after the school board expressed reluctance to used bond money on older buildings. The committee's three options included a two-story, three-grade building and a two-story, four-grade building.

The board had supported the four-grade option, which would hold 800 students, because it seemed to be the option that would get the district the most building for the money.

Crawford summed up the main reason people seemed to be leaning toward the smaller building.

"Three grade levels gives you some wiggle room. The four-grade building is kind of tight," he said.

One area that generated discussion at each committee meeting so far was the amount of activity space available in the new building.

Elementary teachers and administrators said they were concerned that the larger building would not have adequate space for school assemblies and indoor recess during inclement weather. The school population would be higher, but the size of the cafeteria and gymnasium were not increased in the four-grade design.

No clear consensus formed about which grades to house in the new school if voters approve the bond issue. Arguments were made for making it the home of grades three through five, for grades kindergarten through second and for grades pre-kindergarten through second.

Contact Eric Crump at marshalleditor@socket.net

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Well I hope this is better!

In my opinion the vast majority of people that are so opposed to this school bond are always going to be opposed to any new school bond because they either have their head stuck in the sand or have a complex that some one with more money than they have is going to get the better end of the deal.

Is this the perfect plan? NO

Will it ever be? NO

Most of the people in this county that don't have jobs don't want to work and have not worked a lot longer than the last 2 years yes that's my opinion.

I would also bet that just about everyone that gripes about the amount of money that this school bond will add to their taxes blows lot more money every month on stuff that's not necessary to them or their kids.

Go ahead Marshall keep letting this town get farther and farther behind!!!

-- Posted by Gal66 on Thu, Sep 17, 2009, at 6:46 AM

Mr. Crump,

May I ask why my comment was deleted?

Thank you

-- Posted by Gal66 on Wed, Sep 16, 2009, at 7:44 PM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
Insulting the opposition. Another example of an otherwise fine comment lost. I hope you'll consider revising and reposting.

While everyone loves shiny new things, sometimes it makes more sense to use what you already have. $20 million is a lot of money in this economy. COULD we make the necessary improvements to the existing elementary schools for less than what it would cost to build a whole new building?

I'm definitely not going to go so far as to say that nothing needs to be done to address the condition of the district's schools...but I am also not prepared to foot the bill for something that I ultimately do not feel we need.

However, while the school district is in the mood for change, why not consider going back to multiple-grade neighborhood schools? Just a thought.

-- Posted by imaloony on Wed, Sep 16, 2009, at 8:25 AM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
The board last night asked Superintendent Craig Noah to study the possibility of returning to multigrade schools. Board members acknowledged that the community seems divided on the question and Noah noted that such a move would have logistical and educational consequences, so they don't want to rush in unaware.

20 million dollars for three grades. You have got to be kidding me. So when are you going to ask for the next 60 million to build a much needed school for the other nine grades? I am for a new school but I think common sense and good judgement has flown out the window on this plan. How old is Benton school? If you can make improvements to this school and make do maybe you need to be looking at improving the other schools. You will never get my vote until you come up with another plan nor will I encourage any one I know to vote for this.

-- Posted by jebbs on Wed, Sep 16, 2009, at 5:27 AM

WITH OUR ECONOMY AND PEOPLE LOSING THEIR JOBS AND HOMES, HOPE MARSHALL CAN PAY FOR THIS THING. I THINK WHEN YOU "LEADERS" WERE YOUNG AND TOLD YOU COULD NOT HAVE A TOY AT THAT EXACT TIME, YOU WERE PROBABLY THE ONES THROWING A HISSY FIT ON THE FLOOR OF THE STORE. MAKING A LOT OF LOUD NOISE AND LOOKING LIKE FOOLS, JUST LIKE NOW. YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD TIME AND TIME AGAIN WE DON'T WANT TO BUILD A NEW SCHOOL. IN MY MIND IT IS BECAUSE WE ARE ALREADY TAXED ALL WE CAN BARELY AFFORD. PLEASE PLEASE PEOPLE OF MARSHALL THINK LONG AND HARD ABOUT VOTING THIS THING IN. IT HAS TO BE PAID FOR SOME HOW. I THINK MY FAMILY PAYS ENOUGH IN TAXES!!

-- Posted by 1OFTHEGALS on Tue, Sep 15, 2009, at 4:08 PM
Response by Eric Crump/Editor:
Please don't post comments in all capital letters. People will think you're shouting at them, even if you don't mean to be.


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