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School could use $7 million in upgrades

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -- Every few years the Marshfield School District assesses the condition of the middle school.

After the most recent assessment, the district discovered the building could use about $7 million of upgrades.

School leaders say the building is safe in its current condition.

Darrell Passo, a former teacher at the middle school, says the district should have built a new building 10 years ago.

"It's deteriorating rapidly. Something has to be done. Either build a new school or spend an awful lot of money to refurbish an old barn," Passo said.

Some residents of Marshfield don't mind the district gathering information, but they don't think this is the time to act on it.

"We're in a situation now where families need to cut back. I think the community as a whole can probably make do a few more years with the facilities we have," said Rob Pue whose children went to the middle school.

School leaders say there are no plans to make upgrades at this time.

Some of the possible upgrades are a new fire alarm system, technology upgrades, new heating system, window replacements, and other improvements to the exterior and parking lot of the building.

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