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Marshall school building bond issue

The Marshall Board of Education has placed bond issues on the ballot five times since 2000.

Letter to the Editor: Addressing the needs of the children (07/08/14)
Dear Editor: It has been several weeks since the voting for the bond issue for a new school. That bond issue was defeated, but one gets the feeling that, with the forming of a new committee headed by the superintendent of schools, the issue is far from dead. ...
Supporters for a new school still plan to forge ahead (04/10/14)
On Tuesday, April 8, Marshall school district voters voted down the proposed $1.50 tax levy increase Marshall Public Schools were asking for to help build a new elementary building, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) addition to Marshall High School and repairs and upgrades to both MHS and Bueker Middle School...
School election results April 8, 2014 (04/08/14)
These are the official election results for all polling locations including absentees.
Environmental psychology is a consideration for April 8 vote (04/01/14)
As a practicing psychiatrist serving Marshall and the surrounding area, I often see school-aged children challenged by learning disabilities, ADHD or social anxiety disorders. As part of my practice, I have a special interest in how environmental factors impact behavior, in this case, a child's ability to learn...
Letter to the Editor: Two values, two reasons (04/01/14)
Two of the many values that my dad taught me were the values of a good education, and to always support the community in any effort that would help it grow and prosper. These values are two of the reasons I support the Marshall school levy. Our children deserve the best education available in a safe environment. We have an opportunity to see this provided and at the same time we will be rejuvenating our community by attracting new business and industry when we pass the school levy on April 8...
How will the levy increase improve academic performance? (03/31/14)
This is the final installment in a series about the proposed building plan for Marshall Public Schools. This part focuses on the district's need and the benefits of new schools. The Marshall School District's levy increase request facing voters on April 8 is about not only building and improving schools in the district, but asking voters to pay significantly more to do so. ...
Letter to the Editor: Educators say learning environment is insufficient (03/31/14)
We were raised in Marshall, attended K - 12 in the Marshall Public School system, and received teaching degrees from Missouri Valley College. We enjoyed teaching at Bueker Middle School for a combined 44 years. We currently substitute teach in MPS. It continues to be a privilege to help educate the children of Marshall...
Letter to the Editor: Support the Future of Your Schools and Your Students (03/31/14)
On April 8, the patrons of the Marshall Public School District have an opportunity to become a part of something great. An opportunity to invest in the future of Marshall and its most precious resource: ITS CHILDREN. An investment in the children of the school district is an investment that pays dividends in the future. ...
Letter to the Editor: Buildings are substandard (03/31/14)
The Marshall Public Schools have served my children and your children very well, often preparing them for advanced degrees and success. The buildings were adequate during those decades, but have now become substandard, not only in regard to lack of space to experiment with innovative programs and deteriorating structures, but also in regard to safety from intruders (an unfortunate reality we must all face in 2014.)...
Letter to the Editor: Supporting increased spending for education in Marshall (03/31/14)
Cargill's Case Ready meat processing facility in Marshall is proud to employ over 500 area residents, adding over 75 jobs in the last year alone. We have an outstanding team. We are committed to improving the future for our dedicated employees and their families who live and go to school in this community...
Letter to the Editor: Children are educated by teachers, not by buildings (03/31/14)
I am not sure where education is headed, but I doubt that it will even be in a school building in another 15 years. This much I do know... Children are educated by teachers, not by buildings. Please do not forget this if the levy does or does not pass...
Letter to the Editor: Flawed systems (03/28/14)
Hating children and their families. What do Common Core and building a new school facility have in common to giving aid and comfort to the enemy? Please love the children enough to care about their eternity, anything less is just dust. Do not be lured in and deceived by pretty rhetoric at the local, state and national level by puppets to the system...
Letter to the Editor: Sure it will cost us, but won't it be worth the cost for childrens' future (03/28/14)
To my friends and those who may not be after you read these thoughts, I came to Marshall from Oklahoma City in the late 1950s with a new Oklahoma wife, a baby and a lot of confidence in my ability to sell furniture. I had $10,600 saved up and an old father (Doc Sam Mead) in Slater to back me. ...
Letter to the Editor: Proposed S.T.E.M. addition will benefit children (03/28/14)
Dear fellow Marshall residents, As the parents of two middle school and two high school children in the Marshall Public School District, we are excited that our 90-plus year-old elementary buildings will be replaced with buildings geared for teaching children of the 21st century. ...
Letter to the Editor: There's a substantial levy increase, but levy is still low overall
 (03/28/14)
April 8 is an important date not just for the future of Marshall Schools, but the city itself. I haven't lived in Marshall full-time for many years, but visit often and my family still owns property there. I owe so much of whatever success I've enjoyed to Marshall -- the schools, teachers, community members and general atmosphere of striving to be the best that many of us remember growing up...
Letter to the Editor: Proposed tax levy presents problem for those on fixed income (03/28/14)
There have been so many interesting letters written about the tax levy. I particularly liked Dr. Ed Richard's letter. However, all have valid points. Even though I am on a fixed income and not an "important" citizen I suppose, I have an opinion and a vote...
Letter to the Editor: Here lies the problem with the proposed tax levy (03/28/14)
I have read the many letters and editorials in The Marshall Democrat-News these past weeks concerning the levy proposal for the Marshall Public School District. No one can argue the fact that many of the district's buildings are quite old, however, I have a few questions and concerns...
Answers to questions about how the building project will be financed and the impact on personal property taxes (03/28/14)
This is part two in a series the proposed building plan for Marshall Public Schools and its funding mechanism. Part three of this series will focus on the need for new buildings and the link to educational performance and student behavior. Voters in the Marshall Public School District on April 8 will be asked to approve an increase in the district's operating levy to fund a comprehensive plan to construct two new elementary schools, a science and technology center at the high school and renovations to the middle school. ...
Moving forward (03/27/14)
When my husband, Ronnie, and I moved to Marshall in 1960, we had no idea what the future held for us. We only knew that Marshall was a beautiful town full of vitality and a charged atmosphere; it was a college town, featuring a square with an historic courthouse whose dome was outlined in lights of a night and could be seen for miles. ...
My home town (03/27/14)
Did you ever stop and think how lucky we are to live in Marshall and have so many people involved in civic affairs? We know friends who devote so much time and passion into needed projects that will make our town better. I have to tell you, I truly admire those people and know you do too...
Letter to the Editor: Continuing along the positive improvement trend (03/27/14)
As a 20-year veteran in education and a 1994 graduate of Missouri Valley College, I have some thoughts and opinions that I would like to share. On April 8, the Marshall community will be asked to make a decision that will impact its future and the future of its students. To that end, I would like to provide some information that I hope will assist voters to make an informed decision...
Letter to the Editor: Prospective teachers weigh options for teaching positions (03/27/14)
Imagine a really great teacher weighing whether to accept a position teaching in a Marshall elementary building or in a building in Sedalia or in a building in Columbia. In a Marshall elementary building, the teacher will fight a roof leak, brown water, drafty windows, cracks in the walls, not enough electrical outlets for modern education, poor lighting, missing floor tiles, lack of space, lack of storage, and lack of safe rooms in case of intruders. ...
Letter to the Editor: Good schools are important to the health of our community (03/27/14)
I know how important good schools are to the health of our community. I personally am endorsing the levy issue for new schools because I believe quality schools will attract new businesses and industries and contribute to a positive retail and economic climate for Marshall and the surrounding area...
Letter to the Editor: Replacing the 1920s buildings (03/27/14)
I worked as a primary teacher for 30 years in Sedalia retiring in the 1998-99 school year. I remember the many failed bond and levy issues trying to replace the Sedalia elementary schools that were built in the 1920s. In the late 80s Sedalia taxpayers stepped to the plate and voted to build two new elementary buildings and most recently a new high school. ...
Marshall school board sets date in April to certify election results (03/26/14)
Marshall Public Schools' Board of Education met for its regular meeting Tuesday, March 25, to set the time and date of 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, to certify results of the April 8 election. Superintendent Ryan Huff spoke on the matter in his report about what can change with the board and the district...
More details about the plan for Marshall Public Schools (03/26/14)
This is part one in a series addressing details of the proposed building plan for Marshall Public Schools and its funding mechanism. Part two of this series will focus on the project financing. On Tuesday, April 8, voters in the Marshall Public School District will be asked to approve an increase to the district's operating levy. ...
Letter to the Editor: It's about the children of the district (03/26/14)
I have attended most of the citizen's advisory meetings and listened to the pros and cons of the school building issue. Both sides have made some important points, but it really isn't about us, it's about the children of the district and what's important for them. ...
Letter to the Editor: How long is temporary? (03/26/14)
In 1974, when our oldest daughter was in sixth grade, she was in the first class in the new temporary trailer at Southeast Elementary School. In 1975, the last year Marshall High School was on South Odell, she had seventh grade classes in a temporary trailer behind the building which became Bueker Middle School. In 2014, we have a grandson in the fifth grade who has classes in a temporary trailer at Bueker Middle School...
Letter to the Editor: Our generation plants the seeds (03/26/14)
"One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade." (Chinese proverb) For the last several months I have had the great pleasure to work with a committed, dedicated group of volunteers, all of whom believe strongly in Marshall, its citizens and especially its children. ...
Letter to the Editor: The kids in Marshall need better schools (03/25/14)
The kids in Marshall need better schools. In 2001 George Clemens and I led the Marshall Public Schools Facility Committee charged by Superintendent of Schools Joe Aull and the Marshall Board of Education, to sum up with and execute a plan to improve schools for kids. This group looked at the present buildings and concluded: The kids in Marshall need better schools...
Letter to the Editor: Marshall voters face important decision April 8 (03/25/14)
Marshall voters face an important decision in two weeks that will allow Marshall Public Schools to push past lingering rhetoric for the betterment of our kids and our community. In his letter to the editor last week, Edward Richards outlines a case against the current school and tax levy proposal. ...
Letter to the Editor: Concerns of proposed school tax levy (03/21/14)
For the past several months, the Marshall Board of Education and administration have worked toward the goal of making a new elementary school building a reality. Part of this effort has been to identify concerns that could make passing an increase in the tax levy difficult. ...
Mayor breaks tie in favor of supporting new schools (03/17/14)
The Marshall City Council met in front of a packed council chamber Monday, March 17, to make a decision whether to endorse the proposed tax levy increase for new schools or not. On March 3, the council received presentation from Ryan Huff, superintendent of Marshall Public Schools, and Lori Craig, representing the Citizen's Advisory Committee, asking for a written endorsement of support from the city council...
City council hears from Citizen's Advisory Committee about tax levy (03/06/14)
Ryan Huff, superintendent of Marshall Public Schools, and Lori Craig, representing the Citizen's Advisory Committee, took a few moments to talk with the Marshall City Council Monday, March 3, about the upcoming April election and the school's proposed tax levy increase...
Inter-Agency supports MPS proposed levy increase (02/26/14)
Saline County Inter-Agency Council met Tuesday morning, Feb. 25, for its monthly meeting and approved to support Marshall Public School's proposed levy increase, which will be on the ballot this coming April 8. Chairman Richard DeFord said Marshall Public Schools asked if Inter-Agency would vote on supporting the levy increase...
MPS BOE propose uses for potentially vacated buildings (02/26/14)
Marshall Public School Board of Education met for its monthly meeting Tuesday evening, Feb. 25, to discuss what to do with the vacated elementary buildings should the levy increase pass in April. Superintendent Ryan Huff gave some suggestions for Eastwood, Southeast and Benton elementary schools to the board...
Letter to the Editor: Clarifying information about MPS land purchase, tax levy (02/11/14)
I am writing to correct and clarify information that has been presented in previous letters to the editor submitted by your readers. First of all, I would like to address the purchase of the property at the corner of Watermill Road and Lincoln Street by the Marshall Public School District. ...
Letter to the Editor: Providing additonal information to levy increase questions (01/30/14)
I write this letter to try to provide additional information related to questions that continue to be asked about the levy increase to be voted on in April to fund the proposed new elementary building. It is not my goal to persuade anyone to vote yes or no only to answer questions so they will be informed...
School tax levy increase topic for quarterly Chamber breakfast (01/29/14)
Marshall Chamber of Commerce held its quarterly breakfast at Stone Hedge Golf Club Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, to discuss the proposed $1.50 tax levy increase, which will be up for election on April 8. Marshall Public Schools Superintendent Ryan Huff and Wicky Sleight, Citizen's Advisory Committee member, presented the proposal to build new school facilities with the levy increase and answered questions from the audience...
How the numbers break down for the proposed tax levy increase (01/24/14)
At Marshall Public Schools Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, Jan. 21, Superintendent Ryan Huff read the ballot language to the board about the tax levy increase up for election on April 8. The board approved the resolution...
Marshall school board approves resolution for tax levy increase (01/22/14)
Marshall Public Schools Board of Education approved a board resolution for the tax levy increase in the upcoming April election at its meeting Tuesday night, Jan. 21. Superintendent Ryan Huff presented to the board copies of the wording of the ballot language...
Marshall school board holds meeting with Citizen's Advisory Committee (01/21/14)
Marshall Public Schools Board of Education hosted an additional meeting with the Citizen's Advisory Committee Monday night, Jan. 20, at Southeast Elementary. After chair members of the committee presented their discussion and suggestions to the board at the Jan. 14 meeting, the members of the board put this meeting together to address the committee in person...
Citizen Advisory Committee members meet with Marshall school board (01/15/14)
Volunteers from the Citizen's Advisory Committee met with the Marshall Public School Board of Education Tuesday night, Jan. 14, to present their discussions about the upcoming levy increase for the April ballot and the construction of new school facilities...
Community members discuss levy increase for upcoming election to build new schools (01/08/14)
Concerned and interested individuals in the community attended the fourth and final meeting of the Citizen's Advisory Committee Tuesday night, Jan. 7, at Southeast Elementary, to discuss the possible levy increase to build new Marshall school facilities that the board plans to place on the ballot for the upcoming April election...
Letter to the Editor: MPS new school community advisory meetings (12/17/13)
I attended the Dec. 3 pubic meeting to hear a presentation about the proposed new elementary school building and the tax levy necessary to fund it. Representatives of the architectural firm were present to present the proposal, hear concerns and answer questions. ...
MPS meets with Ittner for new school planning phase (12/13/13)
Marshall Public Schools Board of Education met with members of Ittner architectural firm in a special meeting Thursday, Dec. 12, to discuss the planning phases of the new school facilities and preparing for the upcoming election's bond issue. Dennis Young, representing Ittner, updated the board about how the public meetings regarding the new facilities and bond issue are going. ...
Marshall Public Schools announces public meeting for bond issue (11/26/13)
Marshall Public Schools Board of Education held its meeting Monday night, Nov. 25, and Superintendent Ryan Huff announced a community advisory committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Southeast Elementary. The meeting is open to the public and will be about the tax levy increase for the upcoming election in April for the construction of new facilities...
MPS Board of Education approves planning phase for new school facilities (11/14/13)
Marshall Public School Board of Education held a special meeting Wednesday night, Nov. 13, to discuss and approve the planning phase of possibly building two new school facilities for kindergarten through fifth grade and an extension to Marshall High School...
Building neighborhood schools for the 21st century (10/28/13)
Recognizing the need to move kids out of trailers and educational buildings that are nearly 90 years old, Marshall Public Schools will be placing a tax initiative on the April 2014 ballot. MPS is on a journey to reinvent the way that they "do" school. ...
MPS starts negotiation with architecture firm to build new facilities (10/24/13)
Marshall Public School Board of Education approved a motion to negotiate with Ittner Architectural Leadership firm for possible construction of a new elementary school and an extension to Marshall High School. The special meeting was held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in which a total of three architectural firms were interviewed...
Huff presents Inter-Agency Council with reasons for new schools in Marshall (09/26/13)
Marshall Public School Superintendent Ryan Huff gave a presentation about the need to update MPS facilities at the Tuesday, Sept. 24, Inter-Agency Council meeting. Huff played a YouTube video titled "Shift Happens" to show how technology is changing and why he feels there is a need for updated facilities. The video showed different statistics about how technology is used today and how it will change the future...
Marshall Board of Education approves architectural service request for proposal (07/30/13)
The Marshall Board of Education held a special meeting Monday, July 29, to discuss requesting proposals for a new elementary school or schools and an addition to the current high school.
Marshall school board starts laying groundwork for April bond issue | School facility issue tied to economic development efforts (10/10/12)
The Marshall school board met in special session Wednesday, Oct. 10, to begin laying the groundwork for placing a bond issue on the April ballot, and it picked up an endorsement for the idea from Marshall-Saline Development Corporation Director Bill Riggins...
No new school: Marshall voters reject bond issue again (04/07/10)
After reaching a high-water mark of 51 percent in the November election, the Marshall school bond issue fell short again Tuesday, April 6, getting about 48 percent in favor. Wayne Crawford, chairman of Citizens for the School Bond, had hoped for a higher turnout at the polls than in November, but about 200 fewer voters cast ballots Tuesday...
April election: Marshall school bond issue overview (04/06/10)
After running a more conventional ballot issue campaign in the fall, only to have voters reject the bond issue in November, the Citizens for the School Bond committee is taking a different approach prior to the April election. The bond issue, if approved, would allow the Marshall school district to buy land at the southeast corner of town and build a new three-grade elementary school, with room for additional buildings in the future...
Marshall School Bond Issue Information (04/06/10)
Editor's note: The information below is provided by Citizens for the School Bond, a group leading the campaign for a $16.8 million bond issue that would allow the Marshall school district to buy land and build a new elementary school. Election date: Tuesday, April 6, 2010...
Marshall school bond issue: Analysis: Lack of debt service levy makes bond issue tougher to achieve (02/11/10)
For want of a horse the rider was lost. That line is part of an old saying that illustrates how small factors may have great consequences. "For want of a debt service levy new schools were lost" doesn't roll off the tongue quite as easily, but it seems an apt description of the recent history of the Marshall school board's efforts to get permission to build new schools...
Marshall bond issue debt service levy rates (01/27/10)
If the Marshall Public School District bond issue passes in the April election, the following table indicates tax increases at various property values and in various tax categories. School district officials have also provided an informative table and ave offered to help anyone calculate their precise tax obligation from the debt service levy. Contact Superintendent Craig Noah at 660-886-7414 for assistance...
Marshall school board goes back to voters with amended plan for new school (UPDATE: 11 a.m.) (01/26/10)
The Marshall Board of Education made several decisions at its meeting Monday, Jan. 25, that change the landscape of its facility improvement efforts. After hearing a report from Wayne Crawford, who facilitated a series of six public meetings to explain several land and facility options and listen to community concerns and suggestions, the board opted to...
School facility future: 'Neighborhood school' question emerges as factor in district's facility plans (01/22/10)
Call it an example of democracy in action. Although it's not directly related to the Marshall school district's facility problems -- as school board President Larry Godsey reminded those who attended a public meeting Thursday, Jan. 21, at Bueker Middle School -- the subject of "neighborhood schools" came up repeatedly and insistently when district officials and Citizens for the School Bond committee members talked to people during the bond issue campaign last fall...
School facility future: Costs of new school trimmed for April ballot (01/21/10)
The basic design for a new three-grade elementary school has not changed dramatically in the past decade, an indication that educational needs have not changed dramatically in that time, according to district officials. But when the district returned to the project last summer after a hiatus of several years, Superintendent Craig Noah first convened teachers to get their advice about what they need from school facilities.
Marshall school building and renovation estimates (01/21/10)
School facility future: Marshall district seeks input on renovation option (01/20/10)
After the failure of the school building bond last fall, Marshall school district officials decided to seek input from voters about whether they would prefer renovating existing buildings rather than building new ones. The district asked its construction management firm, Titan Construction, to study the four existing elementary schools and provide an estimate of what it would cost to completely renovate them.
School facility future: Marshall school officials present site options, seek public input on site selection for new school (01/18/10)
In the discussion part of three public meetings hosted by the Marshall school district last week, one question district officials posed to citizens was which site to choose. The school board is planning to place a bond issue on the ballot in April, and after four failed issues in the past decade, school officials are increasing their efforts to find out precisely what voters want for the future of school facilities.
2 school tours illuminate building problems, voter concerns (01/16/10)
The Marshall school district's series of public meetings to provide information and seek input from the community about the bond issue planned for the April ballot continues tomorrow and into next week. --Benton school: Saturday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. --Northwest school Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m...
3 public meetings at schools this week, 3 next week to get input on bond issue (01/15/10)
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...
Marshall school board narrows list of potential school sites, hears cost estimates on renovating existing schools (01/06/10)
At a three-hour special meeting Tuesday, Jan. 5, the Marshall school board narrowed the list of potential sites for a proposed new elementary school to three, heard detailed reports from its construction management firm, including estimates of what it might cost to completely renovate existing elementary schools and set times and dates for a series of public meetings to present information and get feedback from voters...
Marshall school board opts to place bond issue on April ballot (11/10/09)
The Marshall school board met Tuesday, Nov. 10, to certify results of the Nov. 3 election in which a bond issue for building a new elementary school failed to reach the 4/7 majority necessary for passage. And they voted to put the issue on the ballot again in April...
Marshall school bond fails | Exceeds 50 percent approval threshold first time in 10 years (11/03/09)
The Marshall school bond issue made its best showing yet, favored by a slim majority of district voters Tuesday, Nov. 3, but it failed to reach the 4/7 majority required to pass. Slater's bond issue passed by a wide margin. The unofficial election results in Marshall were 1,296 "yes" votes and 1,245 "no" votes.
Marshall school bond issue reviewed (10/30/09)
Marshall Public School District voters will have an opportunity next week to consider whether to authorize the district to finance a new elementary school. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. --The primary reason school officials give for building a new school is to relieve overcrowding in existing elementary schools, each of which currently uses one or more trailers as classrooms. ...
School district, city officials pledge to address traffic at site of new school (10/29/09)
Twice each day, vehicle traffic clogs the streets at all four Marshall elementary schools as parents pick up or drop off their children, and one goal of school district officials in proposing a new elementary school was to help alleviate that problem...
MSDC board hears presentation on Marshall school bond issue (10/13/09)
Dan Brandt was present at the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation board meeting Tuesday morning, Oct. 13, to discuss the bond issue for a new public school in Marshall. He and Wayne Crawford, who are both members of a citizens' group in favor of the bond issue, plan to make a total of 30 presentations to different groups around Marshall over the coming month...
Marshall Plaza representative: 'We're not interested in selling' (10/13/09)
Miriam Felix, a property management representative for Marshall Plaza LLC, didn't hesitate for even a moment when she was asked why the property couldn't be purchased for use as the location of a new school. "Because we're not interested in selling," she said...
Marshall school bond issue: Committee officials speak to teachers as school bond campaign ramps up (10/09/09)
After spending the month of September holding public meetings and gathering to plan, the Marshall school bond committee has gotten its campaign to support the building bond issue on the November ballot in full swing. Committee Co-Chairman Wayne Crawford and Campaign Subcommittee Chairman Cherri Williams addressed district faculty and staff in an after-school meeting Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Marshall High School...
Marshall school bond ballot questions 2000-2009 (10/08/09)
Nov. 3, 2009 Shall Marshall Public School District incur indebtedness and issue its general obligation bonds in the amount of $20,350,000 for the purpose of constructing a new elementary school and furnishing and equipping the same and acquiring land for school purposes?...
Marshall school bond: School board accepts bond committee design recommendation (09/16/09)
The Marshall school board voted Tuesday, Sept. 15, to endorse a school design recommended by the community school bond committee Monday, Sept. 14, and it also addressed which grades should be housed in the new school. The move was part of the planning process for a proposed elementary school that will be built if voters approve a $20 million bond issue in November...
School bond committee recommends 3-grade design (09/15/09)
The Marshall Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, to consider school design recommendations made by the community bond committee at its meeting Monday, Sept. 14. About 60 people attended the meeting at Bueker Middle School Monday, up from more than 20 at the group's first meeting Sept. 3...
Marshall school bond: Campaign committee mulls design recommendation for proposed new school (09/10/09)
Community input is still needed by the committee that has formed to campaign for the $20 million school building bond issue, which will be on the November ballot. At a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8, committee leaders and school officials presented the current design options and addressed questions raised by those in attendance...
2009 Marshall School Bond Issue Information (09/04/09)
Editor's note: This information was provided by Marshall Public School District administrators and was distributed at the bond campaign committee meeting Thursday, Sept. 3. Why is the district asking for a new building? -- Our elementary buildings need to be replaced due to various infrastructure issues (water, electrical, mechanical, heating, cooling, air quality, etc...)...
School building project: Tax impact, borrowing in a recession, busing and other issues (08/19/09)
Editor's note: This is the third in a series of articles about a proposed building project in the Marshall Public School District. The Board of Education decided Tuesday, Aug. 18, to place a bond issue on the November ballot to finance the project. Readers have posed a number of questions and concerns in discussion forums on The Marshall Democrat-News Web site, and this series will provide responses from school officials....
School officials cite inadequate facilities, traffic congestion as reasons for new school push (08/18/09)
When it comes to improving Marshall school district facilities, the question for the Board of Education is not whether but when. No current member of the board, nor any candidate in recent elections, has challenged the need for new classroom facilities.
Marshall school board votes to put building bond issue on November ballot (08/18/09)
The Marshall Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday, Aug. 18, to place a bond issue on the November ballot asking voters to give the school district permission to borrow about $20 million for construction of a new elementary school. Bonding advisor Dick Bartow said the debt service levy would need to be 80 cents to support $20 million in bonds over 20 years...
Marshall school officials explain timing, planning for bond issue (08/17/09)
Editor's note: This is the first in a series of articles about a proposed building project in the Marshall Public School District. The Board of Education will meet Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 6:30 p.m. to take up the question of whether to place a bond issue on the November ballot. Readers have posed a number of questions and concerns in discussion forums on The Marshall Democrat-News Web site, and this series will provide responses from school officials...
Marshall school board selects property to pursue for new elementary facility (07/31/09)
In closed session Tuesday, July 28, the Marshall Board of Education authorized Superintendent Craig Noah to negotiate for the Banks property and pursue the possibility of purchasing additional land from the Church of the Nazarene, according to a news release from the district...
Marshall school board selects construction management firm for proposed building project (07/28/09)
After more than three hours of interviews with representatives from three firms, the Marshall Board of Education voted to select Titan Construction of Olate, Kan., to provide construction management services for the proposed elementary building project...
Marshall school board gets introduction to proposed upper elementary school design (UPDATE: 1:40 p.m.) (07/21/09)
The Marshall Board of Education saw the preliminary design of a proposed new upper elementary school building and additions to two existing elementary schools at its Tuesday, July 21, regular meeting. Two representatives of ACI Frangkiser Hutchens, an architectural design firm, presented the plans and provided an overview of the facities' features...
Marshall school board on the hunt again for new school (06/08/09)
If you have 15 to 20 acres of land in the Marshall School District that you think would be suitable as the site for a new elementary school, Superintendent Craig Noah would like to hear from you by Friday, June 19. Buoyed by good news from financial consultants about stimulus funds but dissatisfied with the six sites considered in the failed 2003 attempt to pass a bond issue, board members would like to consider other sites...
Marshall school officials still want new buildings, still remember failed bond issues of recent past (03/20/09)
The current Marshall school board seems to have a strong consensus. Every candidate in recent years has agreed in principle if not on the details. School administrators rarely pass up an opportunity to make the point: Marshall needs new schools. It's almost a mantra for school officials and board members...
School bond issue rejected for third time (04/09/03)
Marshall voters have once again rejected a school district proposal, which would build new educational facilities and renovate the city's aged middle school. A bond issue proposal that would have raised $11.9 million for the construction of a new three-grade upper elementary building, renovations at Bueker Middle School and an addition to Marshall High School was defeated 1,739 to 1,220 Tuesday, according to unofficial results...
School district making third try on bond issue (03/31/03)
Voters in Marshall are being asked to once again consider a bond issue to construct new facilities for the Marshall School District. The issue is the third in recent years to be advanced by the district, but differs from its predecessors on several key points...
Facility Committee steps up school bond promotion efforts (03/19/03)
With the April 8 election drawing near, members of the Marshall Facility Committee are stepping up their promotion efforts. The group's Tuesday meeting reviewed what has been done to date and made plans for the ongoing campaign. The committee is working to promote an $11.9 million bond issue that would fund several projects including the construction of a new elementary school for grades three through five, make improvements to Bueker Middle School and add two science labs at Marshall High School.. ...
Committee reviews pro-school bond efforts (03/04/03)
The Marshall Public Schools Facility Committee met Monday evening to review its prepared presentation for civic groups, discussing with whom to speak and addressing several questions already raised by community members. Getting an early start, the committee made its first informational presentation Monday to the Marshall Lions Club. Committee Chairman George Clemens said the meeting was a good start, but the committee needs to find more groups to speak to...
Committee prepares to promote Marshall school bond issue (02/28/03)
While the group has been active for more than 18 months, the Marshall Public Schools Facility Committee has remained largely a behind-the-scenes group. That will all change next week when the group goes public to promote the upcoming April bond issue...
School board votes to purchase Banks property (02/26/03)
While details about the transaction were not immediately available, the Marshall Board of Education voted in executive session Tuesday evening to purchase the Banks property on the city's southern edge as the site for a proposed elementary school. The land, located in the south part of Marshall between Odell Avenue and the Lincoln Avenue extension, was one of four locations recommended by the Marshall Public Schools Facility Committee over the course of its meeting. ...
Promotion efforts for school bond issue reviewed (02/11/03)
The Marshall Public Schools Facility Committee adopted a name for its fund-raising arm and reviewed its promotion efforts during a meeting held Monday evening. A number of name options were suggested during the brainstorming session, ranging from plain to catchy. Among the considerations made by the board were that the name should be recognizable, but not necessarily overly catchy...
Will third time be the charm? (01/28/03)
Members of the Marshall School District Facility Committee, teachers and administrators met Monday night to lay the groundwork for an education campaign to inform voters in the district about the upcoming bond issue. Marshall, for the third time, is asking voters to approve a bond issue for the construction of a new elementary facility. ...
School board takes up bond issue details (01/22/03)
The Marshall Board of Education took steps Tuesday to bring its plan for an April 2003 bond issue in line with the $11.9 million price ceiling it placed on the project. Superintendent of Schools Joe Aull addressed the issue at the board's Tuesday meeting, saying that before the plan can be presented to the public, the district needs to firm up some of its details...
School board to seek $11.9 million bond issue (01/15/03)
With the unanimous vote of the Marshall Board of Education, the district will place a bond issue for school improvements on the April ballot, the third attempt in the last couple of years to pass such a measure. The board voted 7-0 in special session Tuesday to pursue a bond issue that will not exceed $11.9 million. The plan calls for:...
School bond plan to be discussed at special meeting (01/10/03)
The Marshall Board of Education will need to decide in the next few weeks if it wishes to place a bond issue on the ballot for the April 8 election. The district Facility Committee made a recommendation to the board at its Dec. 17 meeting that it place an issue on the April ballot to build a new grades 3-5 elementary school, renovate Bueker Middle School, construct two new high school science labs and air condition the Industrial Arts building...
Four sites still in running for proposed new elemenary school (01/06/03)
After the first round of meetings with area landowners, progress is being made to finalize the Marshall School District's plans for a third bond issue attempt. Superintendent of Schools Joe Aull, part of the Site Selection Negotiation Committee, said the committee's meetings focused on discussing purchase options and land prices with the owners of four plots of land currently being considered for the location of a proposed elementary school...
Presentation made to school board (12/18/02)
A day after reaching a decision on their recommendation, members of the Marshall Public Schools Facility Committee presented their report to the Marshall Board of Education. Committee Chairman George Clemens said the group had been meeting for 18 months, meaning its members had been through about 60 hours of meetings...
Committee finishes recommendation details (12/17/02)
It took 18 months and didn't end with a unanimous vote, but the Marshall Public Schools Facility Committee is ready to make its recommendation to the Board of Education. The group met Monday to iron out its plan, but could not reach a unanimous decision on how large a bond issue should be pursued in April 2003...
Pros and cons of various school building sites weighed (12/06/02)
One of the issues that the Marshall School District Facility Committee has been wrestling with during the past several weeks has been to come up with a list of properties that they can recommend to the Marshall Board of Education as good potential sites for a new school building or buildings...
Facilities Committee settles on projects list (12/03/02)
While the estimated cost of $13.6 million was higher than some members would have liked, the Marshall Public Schools Facility Committee has finished its projects list for presentation to the Marshall Board of Education. If approved by the school board, the plan would go to Marshall voters as a bond issue in the April 2003 election...
Facility Committee narrows list of site options (11/26/02)
After seeing two previous attempts fail, the Marshall Public Schools Facility Committee is keenly aware that the proposed location of a new school building is a key component of any future bond issue. With an eye on the April 2003 election as its next attempt, the Site Selection Subcommittee has spent months examining potential pieces of property. Subcommittee Chairman Scott Hartwig discussed his group's findings at Monday's meeting of the full committee...
Facility Committee works to further define possible school bond issue (11/05/02)
In its second meeting in as many weeks, the Marshall School District Facility Committee met Monday evening to discuss what will be the third proposal put to voters of the district. The committee is meeting with some regularity in order to have a recommendation to present to the Marshall Board of Education by December at the latest. ...
School district looking at third try on bond issue (10/29/02)
In a meeting uncharacteristically long for the group, the Marshall School District Facility Committee took time Monday evening to meet with the district's architects and financial adviser. Michael Koutz of ACI/Frangkiser Hutchens and Greg Bricker of George K. Baum and Associates were both on hand to field question and provide information to the committee as it begins making preparations for a third attempt at a bond issue to fund improvements to the district's aging school buildings...
Facility Committee working toward recommendation for school board (10/25/02)
The Marshall School District Facility Committee has been meeting on a regular basis and the members of the committee have been working very hard to develop a plan to address the facility needs of our school district. I thought that I might take a few minutes and let you know where the committee is at this time as well as inform you of some of the issues that they have been dealing with...
Facility Committee to await cost estimates from architects (06/12/02)
The Marshall School District Facility Committee will be taking the summer off. Having completed the first phase of its proposal, the committee will not meet in July or August as district architects ACI Frangkiser Hutchins prepare cost estimates for the items included by the committee...
What facility options is district considering? (05/17/02)
Last Monday night the Marshall Board of Education met with the school district Facility Committee and the two groups exchanged ideas about possible options to address our school district facility needs. Although they are not ready to make a final recommendation at this time, the Facility Committee has developed a very general plan for addressing our needs...
Facility Committee discusses proposal (05/14/02)
During a special meeting of the Marshall Board of Education Monday, board members met with the district Facility Committee to discuss the proposal being developed to address current facility needs. Facility Committee Chairman George Clemens began the meeting with a review of the proposal as it stands now. It was emphasized that the ideas being developed are not a formal plan yet and are subject to change as they evolve...
Facility Committee issues list of suggestions (04/24/02)
While it hasn't yet formed a recommendation, the Marshall Facility Committee did present a progress report to the Marshall Board of Education Tuesday. George Clemens, committee chairman, said his committee has made a lot of progress but is not ready to make a recommendation to the school board. In fact, he said, it could be next spring before a recommendation is presented...
School board candidates share views at forum (03/26/02)
Seven of the hopefuls vying for the three Marshall Board of Education seats up for election in April shared their views during a forum Monday at the Marshall High School Little Theater. Sponsored by the Marshall Comm-unity Teachers Association, the forum allowed each candidate two to three minutes to speak and then opened the floor to questions from the audience. After introductions from moderator Dave Nelson, the candidates spoke in an order determined by random drawing...
Board, Facility Committee to get together in April (02/28/02)
While it would appear that the Marshall Facility Committee will not have a recommendation for the Marshall school board in April, the two entities will still meet next month. At Tuesday's meeting of the Marshall Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Joe Aull reported that it would be "premature" for the Facility Committee to give a recommendation in April as originally projected. ...
Public forum set to discuss school facilities (11/08/01)
The buildings currently serving roughly three-fourths of Marshall elementary school students were built more than 80 years ago. Bueker Middle School in downtown Marshall, formerly Marshall High School, has also served educational needs for several decades...
Facility Committee adopts mission statement, hears reports (10/23/01)
The Marshall School District's Facility Committee adopted a mission statement and heard subcommittee reports at its regular meeting held Monday evening. The group's mission, as defined by the adopted mission statement is to research issues, needs and resources in order to present a proposal for what will best serve the educational needs of Marshall's students. The mission statement also acknowledges the goal of creating a plan that is capable of garnering public support...