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Projects will help revive Marshalltown landmarks

May 21, 2010

Large-scale projects planned for two iconic school district buildings will help boost Marshalltown's image throughout the state.

The Marshalltown High School Roundhouse might be the only stop for many who come to town for athletic events. Over the past 45 years, the building went from a crown jewel of the community to a serviceable gym.

With updates including a new gym floor, bleachers, locker rooms, new entrances and public bathrooms, the Roundhouse will have the capability to host more events which will bring more people to town.

It can become a source of pride again for the community, not to mention become a better site for the 1,500 MHS students to enjoy.

The Miller Middle School auditorium was once the stage graced by stars Jean Seberg and Mary Beth Hurt when it was the site of the high school.

Now, the nearly 800 students at the school deserve a better place to showcase their work and foster their love for the arts. A school board member recently said the auditorium is "in pitiful shape."

Fundraisers to help these projects will be on the way starting with the Roundhouse as local business leaders will be looking to help fund portions of the projects.

The school district also has a plan in place to use future sale tax revenue to help pay for a good portion of the bill. This would include no new property taxes but would mean voters would have to approve a revenue purpose statement in a vote later this year.

The next few years will be key to shape the future of the these two facilities in desperate need of a makeover. Everyone in the community will benefit when these structures get a much-needed facelift.



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