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Saying goodbye to the old school board room

June 17, 2014 - Bennet Goldstein

Monday marked the last day the Marshalltown School Board will meet in the board room in district offices, which was a former convent. Through the years I’ve spent countless hours in meetings in that room. The fact that boxelder bugs outnumbered people in the room on several occasions is one of the lasting memories. My favorite memory has to be when the school business director was talking about something financial related and that the district would have to “take it on the shorts” on something. In other words, it would be painful — but he expressed it much more eloquently. It brought giggles from his fellow staff members in the room and I’ve reminded him of this epic quote for several years now. School leaders in the room also had a never-ending battle to try to find the right temperature. One second, they could be turning up the heat and the next they would be cracking a window. Most school board meetings have minimal input from the public but I remember a few when the house was full such as when a cell tower was proposed for the football field or they talked about a school dress code. The school district will now move into its new administrative offices at the former Anson Elementary School this week. No word yet if they packed the boxelder bugs to go with them.



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The old Marshalltown School Board room