Electrical service update going on at MHS

A much-needed electrical service upgrade is going on now at Marshalltown High School. Much of the electrical equipment has been there since the facility was built in 1964 and is obsolete.

The antiquated equipment had school personnel uneasy in the past few years for fear if something broke it would be nearly impossible to replace.

“Our current service is out of compliance with current standards,” said Rick Simpson, director of buildings and grounds with the school district. “It was in need of being updated for reliability of parts and materials.”

Work on the project is going on both inside and outside of the high school and led by contractor Price Industrial, of Hiawatha.

The $1.5 million project is expected to be substantially completed by Aug. 16.

Holes dug for the electrical lines can be seen outside of the school. Simpson said there is some shuffling around inside the building during the project.

“There will be some disruption in the building when they go from old equipment to the new equipment,” Simpson said.

Crews are also installing a wireless Internet network at the high school. The electrical upgrade is also vital for the future MHS Roundhouse renovation project expected to go full speed ahead in the next year.

“It goes hand in hand as far as upgrading the high school,” said MHS Principal Aiddy Phomvisay.