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Marshfield Middle School students may see big changes

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW)--Marshfield Middle School may be in for some huge changes, including getting rid of the school altogether. School officials say the 70-year-old building is in need of major repairs, and if those don't happen, students could be moved somewhere else.

Four options are on the table for what to do with Marshfield Middle School, and only one has it staying open.

"We asked the question, well should we put that money into that existing building or is there a way to serve the needs of these middle school kids with different configurations," Marshfield Superintendent Peg Geggan said.

Renovating the middle school would cost more than $5 million, according to district officials. Some of the money would go to replacing the heating system and getting new bricks for the outside of the building.

Members of the school board say they haven't heard from many concerned parents, but they know moving students to new schools would be tough.

"Redistricting is always a very difficult process because some families and students may be moving to attend different schools," Geggan said.

Board officials say taxpayers will end up paying if students have to move. But one parent Newsline 9 spoke with says that's OK.

"I think it's worth it. It's our kids, and so if there's something you're going to invest money in, why not invest it in your kids," Michelle Gluege, Marshfield said.

School board officials say they hope to make a decision in the next few months. They say any changes would take effect during the 2013-2014 school year.

"Whatever building we end up being in, we are going to do the best job we can," said School Board President Timothy Deets.

The school board plans to study the four options. Members of the board say they'll meet again in a few weeks.

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Four options (provided by Marshfield School District)

OPTION A

  • Keep existing facility configuration
  • Significant remodeling of Middle School to allow use for foreseeable future

OPTION B

  • Use current Grant School (Elementary) as 5-7 Middle School
  • Redistrict Grand School Elementary Students
  • Move 8th grade up to High School
OPTION C
  • Use current Grant School as 6-8 Middle School
  • Redistrict Grant School Elementary students
OPTION D
  • Convert Madison and Washington (Elementary) into K-7 Regional Middle Schools
  • Move 8th grade up to High School
Online Reporter: Cassandra Vinch

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