Blueprints submitted for school upgrades

November 23, 2016

By John Raffel

Plans continue on Marion Schools renovation project.

Marion administrative assistant Diana Salisbury posted an update on the school’s website recently.

In her most recent update, Salisbury mentioned that the administration had met with Kingscott architects, who presented detailed blueprints for both building and grounds.

Suggestions and adjustments to better develop the plans were made, Salisbury said, adding that bathrooms, locker rooms, flooring, kitchens, driveways, sidewalks and the sports complex were looked at.

Salisbury added that the district was to be looking at the mechanical aspects of the project and also ordered a second bus.

Salisbury added that the technology team continues to install new equipment which was part of the bond proposal.

Meetings on the project will continue, she added.

Marion district voters passed a $2.7 million bond issue on May 3 for school renovation and upgrades.

Superintendent Mort Meier and school officials said that the bond issue would update temperature control systems and reduce energy costs and, with new technology equipment for student use, would help prepare students for 21st century jobs. The district says four of its busses have failed safety inspections and can’t be used. One has been leased but two more are needed.

School officials also said at the election passage of the proposal would secure three new busses, add security hardware and exterior doors. They also expect to replace the junior-senior high school backup boiler and add new temperature controls in both buildings and have new heating units in the 1992 high school addition. School officials also plan to replace, at the football stadium, the cracked concrete wall and railing at existing bleachers and replace sanitary and electrical service to existing concessions buildings.

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