After its previously-chosen architect for the upcoming Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation filed for bankruptcy, the school district has moved on and selected another architect for the massive project.
The Marshalltown School Board approved a contract with RDG Planning and Design of Des Moines at its meeting Monday. The district originally formed an agreement to have negotiations with the Durrant Group as architect, which has filed for bankruptcy.
The board rescinded the agreement with the Durrant Group prior to the RDG agreement motion Monday.
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The Marshalltown School Board has selected RDG of Des Moines to serve as the architect for the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation.
Though plans and the timeline are still preliminary, board member Sherm Welker said the Roundhouse project would include a possible $7.5 million renovation and expansion. He said the project is proposed to be paid for by $3.5 million in school funds and $4 million in donations.
RDG will not only help with design of the project, but also with fundraising and "cheerleading" for support from the community, said Joseph Benesh of RDG.
"We're excited about it," said Marshalltown Superintendent Marvin Wade. "It's going to be one of those school-community partnerships."
The board also approved the MHS track resurfacing project from the low bidder, Midwest Tennis and Track of Denison, for $128,063. The company is familiar with the project since it installed the original track at MHS, said Rick Simpson, director of buildings and grounds with the district. The project will start July 2 and is expected to be completed by Aug. 3.
Lisa Glenn, director of special services (special education) with the district, will resign effective June 30. Glenn, who also has assisted in preschool expansion in the district, has accepted a similar position with the Ankeny School District.
The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. on May 7 in district offices.