Marshalltown’s biggest class is kindergarten

The biggest class in the Marshalltown Community School District for this fall is also among the youngest.

Lisa Koester, director of human resources in the district, told the school board Monday that 418 students are enrolled in kindergarten in the district this year as school starts Tuesday. The district recently added another kindergarten section and teacher at Fisher Elementary School to accommodate the higher numbers.

“It’s a good thing to have,” Koester said.

A bulk of the board meeting Monday was spent talking about summer construction projects in the district. While many are running into the school year, overall, instruction will not be interrupted throughout the district.

The 1957 wing classroom renovation at Miller Middle School is completed enough to hold class but there is still work to do.

“It looks like a brand new school,” said Jennifer Wilson, vice president of the board.

The Marshalltown High School electrical upgrade is also not complete, but work will go on after hours and on weekends during the next few weeks on the project.

As expected, the Project Lead the Way classroom remodeling at MHS will not be done, but it is expected to reach project completion by Oct. 10.

In other action, the board denied a request (in a 5-2 vote) by Ted and Jennifer Cross to let a bus from the Baxter School District enter the Marshalltown district to pick up their two children, who have open enrolled out of Marshalltown to Baxter.

The Crosses live at the southern edge of the Marshalltown district and are located more than 20 miles from Marshalltown schools and just six miles from Baxter. The board has set a precedent in recent years to not allow buses from other districts to enter into the Marshalltown district to pick up open enrolled out students.

Board member Larry Schrum said by allowing this bus to come into the district it could open up a “Pandora’s box” of others to come into the district.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 9 in district offices.