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School district prioritizes future building projects

Capital improvement plan laid out for next several years

October 3, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The Marshalltown Community School District has laid out plans on how to proceed with building enhancements and projects over the next several years in a capital improvement plan.

The plan was highlighted to the school board this week and includes priority projects in the short-term which involve the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation, the renovation of the Miller Middle School auditorium and several other projects at various schools within the next few years.

School board members and staff have identified $57 million worth of projects that are on the long term "wish list" by the school district, but this prioritized plan narrows the work down to $17 million in what they want to get accomplished in the short term.

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The auditorium at Miller Middle School is in line for a renovation in the next several years as part of the school district’s capital improvement plan.

"Clearly, we don't have $57 million to chase all of our dreams," said board member Larry Schrum.

Schrum described why he believes the Roundhouse is in need of attention. He said in the 1960s it was a leading school athletic facility in the state and now its time has passed.

"We've gone from being state leaders to really, truly needing some help," Schrum said.

One other project taking priority is the updated electrical system at MHS with an estimated price tag of $950,000. The parts for the system are no longer available, which means if something were to break, the school would have to run on emergency generators for quite some time.

"The fact that the electrical system has no replacement parts, none of us think that that's appropriate," said Board President Sherm Welker.

The Miller auditorium renovation was pushed back from the plan in recent years and it appears it will be a priority project for the board in the next few years. The capital improvement plan is expected to be up for board approval at the Oct. 15 meeting.



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