School board approves $2.8 million renovation

The Marshalltown School Board approved bids for a $2.8 million renovation project at the Support Services Center building in a special meeting Tuesday.

The project will renovate a portion of the former Anson Middle School site for use as school administration offices and a board room for the district.

“It’s been on the facilities plan for 15 years,” said School Board President Sherm Welker.

Garling Construction of Belle Plaine is the general contractor for the project, which is expected to start later this fall.

Approval of the bids were tabled at a previous board meeting as technology costs were deemed too high. The district has taken off the technology portion of the bid, which brings it down $273,575 from the $2.8 million. It will bid the technology portion in a separate package soon.

Garling is the same company that has completed the elevator and entrance for this Support Services building, which cost the school district more than $1 million. That work prepared the building for this new project.

The current district administration offices at 317 Columbus Drive are not handicap accessible and are not meeting the needs of the district. The facility is planned to be demolished in the future.

“District administration has endured this (current) building and the building doesn’t adequately perform for their function,” Welker said.