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Board votes to keep Marshfield Middle School open


Students in the Marshfield School District aren't going anywhere. The school board voted 4-3 to keep the middle school up and running.

"They listened to the community over the last two listening sessions, and the public clearly spoke," Marshfield parent Lynette Kelnhofer said.

The decision to keep the school open means the district will now move forward with up to five million dollars in renovations. But, that could mean higher taxes for the local taxpayers.

But, board member Randell Kruger is optimistic they can find a way to keep taxes at bay, and the renovations on track.

"Raising taxes is an option but I personally don't think that will end up being the case," Kruger explained.

The other option the board had was to close the middle school and transfer the students to Grant Elementary. From there, the district would have to relocate the elementary students to other schools. School Board President Tim Deets thought that was a better idea.

"As a board we have those disagreements and we move forward," Deets said after the meeting.

But many parents say the board's decision was the right one, even if it means paying higher taxes.

"It's a good price to pay for quality education," Kelnhofer said. And others agree.

"This is a great building, we have a lot of opportunity with this building, a lot of land that we have a good opportunity to use," Marshfield parents Tracey Kurth said.

Going forward, the board must now figure out the cost of the renovations and figure out how to pay for it. A task, many board members say will take some time.

"This option allows us the opportunity to look at this building very closely, get the best dollar for the money that we spend, and potentially save the district money," Kruger said.

School leaders say they will now be taking competitive bids from companies interested in completing the renovations. But, there is no timeline for when that will be complete.

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