Update Tuesday, Jan. 12: Marshall school district officials and Citizens for the School Bond Committee hosted the tour and informational meeting Monday, the first in a series of meetings that continues at Southeast Elementary School Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. About 10 people, including school and bond committee representatives, attended the meeting Monday. More information, photos and video clips from the Eastwood tour will be available at www.marshallnews.com soon.
The Marshall school board scheduled three public meetings this week to provide information and seek community feedback about the proposed new elementary school project.
A bond issue will be on the April ballot and the board must settle on final ballot language at its Jan. 25 meeting.
After making a number of adjustments to the design, the estimated cost of building a new school is about $16 million for a building that would house 600 students in three grades.
The estimated cost of completely renovating the existing buildings, which house about 800 students, is about $20.5 million.
The district's bonding capactiy when it sought voter approval in November 2009 was $20.3 million.
The first meeting will be at Eastwood Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11.
The second meeting will be at Southeast Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14.
The third meeting will be at Benton Elementary School at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.
Each meeting will begin in the school's multipurpose room and will include a building tour.
Additional meetings will be held the following week.
--Northwest: Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m.
--Eastwood: Thursday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m.
--Bueker Middle School: Thursday, Jan. 21, at 5:30 p.m.