The Marshall Board of Education took steps to deal with a problematic building at Tuesday night’s meeting. They approved the lease of three trailers for the next school year. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Superintendent Ryan Huff:
This decision was made because of problems associated with the annex behind Bueker Middle School. “When it was built in the late 1960s, it was supposed to be a temporary facility. And, unfortunately, it became a permanent facility, and it wasn’t really built for a permanent-type situation,” said Huff. The district has been dealing with issues from the asbestos commonly used in construction from that time. The building also has some air-quality problems.
The Board decided to lease three trailers for the next school year, at a cost of $7,000 each, so they could get the students and teachers out of the annex. Huff said the permanent solution would be a bond issue approved by the public, which would be used to build a new facility. The Board has not yet decided when to put the issue before voters.
The Board also approved the preliminary budget for the 2013/2014 fiscal year. Huff says it is strong, and includes a small raise for teachers and staff.