MMCRU groundbreakung today

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

MARCUS -The MMCRU-Marcus Campus will host a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. on the south side of the elementary school directly north of the football stadium. The new facilities will be constructed over the next 1 1/2 years.

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District voters in February approved a $20 million bond issue for three proposed improvement projects.

First, MMC voters were asked to authorize the increase of the tax levy rate to help pay for renovations and additions within MMC school buildings. Voters supported that measure with 68-percent voting in favor.

A second question on the ballot asked for a bond of $18 million to fund those projects, with 69% of voters approving that measure.

A third question asked for a $2.1 million bond to fund a daycare facility that would be added to the elementary school wing. That, too, was approved with 60% majority support.

The bond will pay for an expansion of the high school and elementary school buildings, a new daycare center and a reconfigured parking lot.

Property taxes for homeowners are expected to increase by $15.25 per month per $100,000 valuation. For agricultural property, taxes would go up $4.92 per acre per year on the assessed value.

Overall, stakeholders passed authorization for the district to raise the tax levy rate, provide $18 million for a new elementary school and high school upgrades, and fund $2.1 million for a community-operated daycare center next to the elementary school.

The levy increase passed 700-331 and was required in order for the two construction projects to take place.

The measures were similar to ones that failed in November 2019, when a $14.2 million bond issue for a new elementary building and high school upgrades failed by nine votes to gain the necessary 60% majority. A $5.6 million proposal for the daycare center and a new high school gymnasium failed by a wider margin.

The gym project was removed from the latest bond issue.

Supporters had cited the need to replace and update buildings that were built in 1954 and 1962, according to MMCRU Superintendent Dan Barkel..

"I think there's a greater realization from the public for the need and necessity to make improvements," Barkel said in Febuary.

The elementary school is scheduled to be finished for the second semester of the 2022-2023 school year. The current elementary building will be demolished after the new one is built.

Voters of the neighboring Remsen-Union school district now comprising the MMCRU District did not vote on the bond issue. The two districts have a sharing agreement in which grades 5-12 are shared with the high school in Marcus and the middle school in Remsen. Each district operates its own elementary school.

As proposed, MMC property owners alone will pay the tax increase from the bonds.

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