College level coursework sees big increase at MHS

The percentage of Marshalltown High School students taking college level courses jumped from 20 to 30 percent in one year. The Marshalltown School Board heard an update on college course participation at its regular meeting Monday.

A major reason for the 10 percent increase this year is the new Project Lead the Way classes at MHS.

“I think we have great opportunities for our kids,” said MHS counselor Meri Edel.

Board President Sherm Welker said the school district and Marshalltown Community College have a great working relationship, which is of benefit to MHS students who want to earn college credit.

In other board action, the technology portion of the Student Services Building renovation was let out to bid. This portion was removed from the original bid for the general construction of the project when technology costs were deemed too high. The estimated total cost of the project is at $261,813 and bids will be brought before the board on Dec. 16.

In personnel moves, Angie Lovell has been hired as the high school softball head coach. The board also accepted the resignation of Cody Wade as longtime secretary of Hoglan Elementary School. Lisa Koester, director of human resources with the district, said Wade will be missed and she wishes him well.

The next regular meeting of the school board is at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Hoglan Elementary School. A 5 p.m. tour of the school will be held prior to the formal meeting opening.