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MISD discusses Emerson Elementary site feasability study
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · July 13th, 2017

Marion Independent School Board of Education President David Law said at the July 10, 2017, regular meeting at 7 p.m., he has received positive feedback from the MISD community about moving the Home School Assistance Program from 440 15th Street to the Marion Emerson Elementary facility located at 1400 10th Avenue. Board Member Jill Hansen also said several area residents have expressed to her their appreciation for the Board involving them in the repurpose decision-making.

District Home School Director Tom Ertz explained at the meeting, how a feasibility study of Emerson will help assess building renovation costs for items such as air conditioning. Business Manager John Donner, who was sworn in as School District Secretary-Treasurer during the meeting by Board President Law, said there are currently two architectural firms conducting feasibility analyses for the projected Emerson Learning Center. School District Superintendent Chris Dyer noted that renovations can begin at the site once the specs and bids are complete.

Head of Maintenance Ken Cook addressed the Board on the subject, and said he recently spoke with Parks Department personnel about the City possibly helping with a new playground and maintenance at the current Emerson site. According to Cook, they said they are willing to take a closer look at the options for a neighborhood park, but have not committed to anything at this time.

In addition, Board President Law said removing the tall, chain link fence surrounding Emerson's grounds would improve the look of the facility. To this, Board Member Bill Huntoon expressed reservations, citing safety concerns for children if the fence were removed. Law then suggested the possibility of replacing the old one with "a better looking fence."
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