The cleaning and facilities crews for Marshalltown schools have had another busy summer and the schools are ready for the start of the school year, Pat Hemming, building operations supervisor, said at Monday's Marshalltown School Board meeting. School started Tuesday throughout the district.
"The buildings are ready," Hemming said.
Hemming said it seems each summer the buildings are used more and more, which makes it more challenging to have a thorough cleaning. The visit by President Barack Obama to Miller Middle School last week put cleaning crews three to four days behind, he said.
"This has been a tough summer," Hemming said of the cleaning schedule.
The renovation and construction project at Fisher Elementary School is not totally complete, but good enough for the start of school. Superintendent Marvin Wade said work will still go on during nights and weekends at Fisher into the school year. A public open house to view the project is expected to occur this fall at the school.
School Board President Kay Beach toured Fisher school and was impressed it was ready in time.
"That's a miracle," Beach said.
It was also a tight crunch to get the school district staff hired and in place, but Lisa Koester, director of human resources with the district, said the necessary hires have all been made.
"We're ready to start," Koester said.
Beach thanked the school community for their condolences and support through the recent passing of her husband, Mayor Gene Beach.
The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 10 in district offices.