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