Marshall school board receives new round of school site proposals
The Marshall Board of Education learned of new school site proposals and set a special meeting date early in January to review them in preparation for officially placing a bond issue on the April ballot.
Superintendent Craig Noah also reported that architects and construction mangement consultants are investigating two questions voters seemed to want more information about: Which school would be expendable if the building bond issue passes in April and how much would it cost to renovate the four existing elementary schools to meet the needs of the district.
The report on both questions is expected by mid-January, he said.
The new round of site proposals attracted submissions from five property owners, including two that were not submitted during the process in the fall.
One of the new properties is owned by the Gieringer family and includes eight different sections with individual prices and escrow requirements the board can consider as options.
Another new property is the Evans property located on the north side of state Highway 240 adjacent to Lake View trailer court, according to Noah.
Properties submitted again include the Banks property on South Odell Avenue, which the district had entered into a contract for contingent on the passage of the bond issue. When the bond failed at the polls in November the contract was allowed to expire.
Another property on West Vest Street west of U.S. Highway 65 was submitted again, as was the Gaba Property.
Cost per acre in the new proposals ranges from $8,000 to $17,500, and total cost for sites range from $160,000 to $650,000.
The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, to review the proposals in detail.
The board also approved a motion to move its regular January meeting from Jan. 26 to Jan. 25. Jan. 26 is the deadline for placing the school bond issue on the April ballot. The board approved a motion Nov. 10 expressing its intent to place the issue on the April ballot but decided to wait to approve the specific ballot language.
Noah said the report on the cost of renovating existing elementary schools, the oldest of which was built in 1922, the newest in 1968, would consider a top-to-bottom rehabilitation of the buildings.
"New heat, new sewer, new plumbing, new electrical, redo the interior walls, redo the floors, everything," he said. "You're not taking down load-bearing walls, but everything short of that."
He said the estimates would include the cost of adding rooms to existing schools so kindergarten and fifth-grade students would no longer have to meet in trailers. Elimination of the district's dependence on temporary classroom structures has one of the primary goals of the board's desire to build a new school.
"If someone says, 'Well, why don't we just fix what we have?' you'll have that number," he said. "If the community would rather support that, we'll have to consider it."
Another factor in the board's mission to build a new building is maintenance requirements of the older buildings, and the board heard information from Noah on that subject, too.
More information to follow.