MHS electrical upgrade nears completion

The $1.4 million electrical service upgrade project at Marshalltown High School is nearing substantial completion. The school board was updated on the project during a regular meeting held Monday.

Price Industrial of Hiawatha served as the contractor of the project, which updated very antiquated electrical equipment at MHS and started this past summer.

The equipment was so out of date that replacement parts would have been unattainable, which led to some uneasiness in recent years in the district.

Rick Simpson, director of buildings and grounds with the district, said they no longer have the risk of a power loss at MHS. Board President Sherm Welker said this project may not be glamorous, but it was needed.

“It’s one that makes our district way safer than it was,” Welker said.

The work was also needed to set up future work at the MHS Roundhouse.

In other action, the board approved letting outside school districts send students to its new special education program – Four Oaks.

“As of today, we have six outside districts looking at Four Oaks to support their children,” said Matt Cretsinger, director of special services with the school district.

Cretsinger said there is space available for outside districts, but serving Marshalltown students is their first priority.

The next regular meeting of the school board will be at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at MHS. The meeting will start out with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Project Lead the Way classroom renovation project at the school. The ribbon cutting, which will be attended by Gov. Terry Branstad, is open to the public.