School board approves a $540,600 project bid

The second time around the Marshalltown School Board found prices to its liking on the renovation at Marshalltown High School for the Project Lead the Way program.

On Monday, the board approved the low bid of $540,600 from Hay Construction, of Marshalltown, to do the work. The project will prepare the school for new engineering and biomedical science classes as part of PLTW.

Previous bids that were received in the $1 million range led the district to scale back its plans on the classroom remodeling.

“Almost a half million dollars was taken out of the project,” said District Architect Dave Schulze.

The board voted 6-1 in favor of approving the bid with board member Jason Jablonski the dissenting vote. Jablonski said he wanted to see an updated facilities plan with updated costs before he could support the bid, since many projects have come in higher than the original estimates.

“I don’t know that we have that timeframe,” said Jennifer Wilson, board vice president.

The PLTW renovation work at MHS will begin later this month with a substantial completion date expected of Oct. 11.

The board also approved the district salary settlements with the paraeducators, buildings and grounds staff and transportation mechanics. The entities chose to rework the wage schedule rather than have across-the-board raises. The new wage schedules will cost the district an additional $191,000 next year.

The board approved several personnel hirings including Kyle Young as the new associate principal at Miller Middle School. Young arrives from Woodward Academy and will be paid a salary of $80,000 per year. He starts July 29 and replaces Tom Johnson, who resigned last month.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 5 in district offices.