Marshall School Board announces verbal agreement on Spainhower Buliding, recognizes donors for repairs

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Marshall School Board convened for a special meeting Wednesday afternoon, July 8, at the Marshall High School Library.

Superintendent Carol Maher announced the district has a verbal agreement with the state to lease the ground floor only of the Spainhower Building for the 2015-2016 school year at a cost of $40,000 for one year ($3,333 per month). The facility would be used to house the school's alternative education and TLC programs.

The district plans to take possession of the building by August 15. Administrators of the Marshall Habilitation Center and their assistants may possibly retain use of the second floor of the building.

The state would pay utilities, trash and snow removal and lawn care on the facilities while the school district would be responsible for providing insurance, custodial care and security service. The school would also be able to utilize the gymnasium, ball fields and other outdoor facilities around the building.

In addition, the state would also finance the demolition and removal of some of the surrounding buildings at the habilitation center.

"It was worrisome to everyone about the old buildings standing out there," Maher said. "That was really good news for us and the city."

Mayer said the district and the city plan to work together to potentially house some community services at the facility as well.

"I am just extremely optimistic that it's going to turn out really really well," Mayer said.

The school would have to transport food services from the school to the facility throughout the school year.

The future use of the building and surrounding facilities beyond this coming school year remain uncertain.

The school board also acknowledged recent donations received to fund repairs and renovations in the district and offered their thanks to the donors.

Donors for roof repair projects at various schools included Mrs. W.R. Young, Virginia Hupp, Matt Huston, Ron and Connie Latimer, Dan Fahnestock, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Crook and Mr. and Mrs. William Ramsey.

Three anonymous donors will fund the renovation of the band room at the high school. New tiles and carpeting in the band room will be installed before the start of the school year.

"That room was in dire need of some help," Maher said. "We had people just step up and do that and so I'm really happy about that."

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  • This is not ok, completely unacceptable, the public has not been properly informed about the actions of the school, this is irresponsible & dangerous, if for any reason the attempt to send one of my children to this horribly dangerous place filled with unregistered sex offenders, I will pull my children from the district in a heartbeat.

    -- Posted by MotherOf7 on Thu, Jul 9, 2015, at 8:50 AM
  • The board has discussed this as a possibility in several meetings on the past couple of months. You can't say you weren't informed if you weren't paying attention, forgot, our what ever. Not to mention the consumers won't even be at the campus much longer, as I understand it.

    I would say if you can't trust the district, you can't trust the district- the building doesn't make a difference. Spare us the drama and homeschool if you feel that strongly.

    -- Posted by thebirdman on Thu, Jul 9, 2015, at 3:37 PM
  • So you get to have people who are doing community service out there running around in the same area as your kids. Kids being singled out pretty much telling them they don't belong with the "normal" students. Plus you have to bus specially out food, take care of extra security, extra groundwork. I totally agree with Motherof7.I would be yanking my kids out of the district as fast as I could, just based on the fact of community services workers. Some aren't major offenders, but even 1 is too many. And the "plan" is absolutely ridiculous! From what I've read and heard the majority of this community (with kids) want a new school! I understand it's been put to a vote and failed but you've got to consider over a majority no longer have children here or have them at all, and the new young voters have no kids. So you have all these people voting where it doesn't affect them and the parents of the kids it does affect are left with their hands in the air! Instead of buying ANOTHER old building, the school board would have been wise to invest that money towards a new school. All those companies who were going to donate time, money, and supplies I'm sure would be more than happy to do the same at a new school. It's funny how the school board has no problem asking for hangouts from local businesses when it's to "fix-up" a crap building, but they don't even bother to try when it comes to making a new building. Marshall kids deserve better. My daughter has attended Blue Springs schools since 7th grade and they are top notch. You have kids going to school where there district is. Not at a certain school that year being bussed to the old Habilitation Center to be stigmatized. Marshall school board you really should be ashamed and parents you need to push back for your kids sake. By the way did anyone contact the state health department about the mold? Not the local one, you need to go state or higher on every complaint. I wish the parents luck, the "good ole boy" network is strong there, but it can be broken threw.

    -- Posted by Coney161 on Sat, Jul 11, 2015, at 4:38 AM
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