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$2 million MACS project comes into focus

Addition, remodeling work planned for school

November 29, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

The proposed 10,000-square-foot addition at Marshalltown Area Catholic School has been designed and fundraising will be the next hurdle for the project.

The six classroom, $1.5 million addition, is expected to be begin construction at the St. Henry's attendance center site this summer. After its completion and a $500,000 remodeling project of the current St. Henry's site, the school will house the entire MACS grades of pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.

Currently, the third through sixth grade are at the St. Mary's attendance center, which is becoming too costly to continue to repair.

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This is the design for the new addition project at Marshalltown Area Catholic School. The addition is at the left with the existing St. Henry school building on the right.

"Most people I come across are definitely very excited," MACS Principal Matt Herrick said of the project.

The addition is expected to be completed by January 2014 with the remodeling of the current St. Henry's school done by January 2015. The project will also include a kitchen remodeling and the installation of an elevator. The addition design was produced by the architect TSP of Marshalltown.

With the renovation work planned, the total project cost is at just more than $2 million, but Herrick said that is the "bare minimum" price. If fundraising goes well, there is a chance the project could reach more than $3 million and include new office space at the school.

The new addition will not include a gym or lunchroom, so all grades would share the existing gym, which also serves as a lunchroom.

"It will be a challenge, but I think we can make it work," Herrick said.

Leaders of MACS and the building committee decided the addition would be best suited for the east side of the St. Henry school complex, which would mean the big field to the west used by community members would go untouched.

The project's capital campaign will be kicked into high gear sometime in January. Herrick said they will use more of a personal touch to raise money with volunteers talking to individuals to seek funds.

Though the official fundraising campaign doesn't start until next year, Herrick said they are open to donations now and have already accepted a few.

There was some talk whether to keep the St. Mary's gym after the full move into the new facility in 2015, but that appears not to be a favored option.

"As of right now, it's demolish everything," Herrick said.

The St. Mary's Church and Hispanic ministry building would still be kept and the school and gym would be demolished.



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