Miller Middle School set for $1M makeover

An upcoming estimated $1 million project is expected to give new life to 9,200 square feet of Miller Middle School.

A total of 18 classrooms will be remodeled on two floors of the 1957 wing at the school. The project also calls for the renovation of a total of six bathrooms on three different floors.

The classroom remodeling is expected over the summer with the bathrooms to wrap up by January 2014. The classrooms will get new flooring ceilings, lighting, doors and several other upgrades.

One of the most important upgrades, according to Miller Principal Jacy Large, is air conditioning for those warmer months in school.

“Our number one priority is air conditioning,” Large said. “We have kids that are sweating all day. How can you learn in that environment?”

The renovation will also allow for easier access to technology, which Large said is very much needed.

Another big Miller project on the horizon is the renovation of the auditorium, though that work is not in the plans for this summer project.

“We’re looking at that about a year from now,” Large said of the auditorium renovation.

The Marshalltown School Board agreed to move forward with the bidding process for classroom remodeling project earlier in the week. Project bids are due April 11 with possible bid approval by the school board at its April 15 meeting.

The district is also moving ahead with an electrical upgrade at Marshalltown High School with its own projected $1 million price tag.