School board tables approval on $3M project

The Marshalltown School Board tabled a vote on possible approval of bids for the renovation of the former Anson Middle School to be the future home of district administration offices.

The Support Services project bids came in just under $3 million and well over the architect’s original estimate.

The higher-than-expected technology costs seemed to frustrate the board on these bids.

“I think it’s very, very high,” board member Jennifer Wilson said of the technology costs.

The board directed building personnel to talk with the technology director in the district to see what the needs are for the project to see if that can bring the costs down on that portion of the bill.

“This is the fourth project in a row that the budget got blown up by IT,” said Sherm Welker, president of the school board.

Garling Construction of Belle Plaine submitted a $2.83 million bid as the low bid for the project.

In other board work, leaders approved a financial services company to let out bids on a bond sale that would see the school district borrow $10 million against future sales tax revenue. The $10 million would help pay for the Support Services work and the upcoming Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation.

This is just the initial borrowing phase to see what bids the district can get and there has been no formal approval for the borrowing of the money.

The board also approved a teacher’s request for an employment hearing after Superintendent Marvin Wade made a recommendation for termination of the employee. The name of the teacher was not released by the school district and a hearing will be set at a later date.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 7 at Fisher Elementary School. The board will start visiting different schools in the district every other meeting instead of having every regular meeting in district offices.