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.
2009 Marshall school building bond issue: