Renovations complete, superintendent upbeat

September 7, 2017

By John Raffel

The Marion School District started classes on Tuesday with some renovated facilities and with school Superintendent Mort Meier upbeat over the start of another school year.

“It’s been going really well,” Meier said on Tuesday. “I’m pleased to announced that we were able to open on time. All the kids are here today. We’re here within budget and we’re here within time frame. Things are good.

“There are details that you have to go around and follow up on. They call them punch lists. The architect and engineer, I’m meeting with them on Thursday. We’ll walk around and we’ll look at everything. They have to sign off whether or not they’re satisfied and whether I’m satisfied with the craftsmanship and the job done so far. Overall, things are looking real good.”
School officials have said the bond issue approved in May 2016 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.

Mort Meier, Marion Superintendent

Mort Meier, Marion Superintendent

School officials added the bond issue 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 the football stadium cracked concrete wall and railing at existing bleachers and replace sanitary and electrical service to existing concession buildings.

In other school news, Meier announced two new teaching hires. Tracy Clark is teaching at the elementary school and Stephanie Lowers is a new high school special education instructor.

Meier also announced the elementary school has added Spanish and there will also be a child care setup.

“Those are two new things I’m hoping will be real good for the kids,” he said. Marion council to seek opinion

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