The cost estimate for the proposed Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation has gone up to $9.1 million from the previous $7.8 million, but school leaders feel the increase will provide distinct improvements for the facility.
Marshalltown School Board members heard an update on the project during a meeting Monday from fellow members Jennifer Wilson and Larry Schrum, who are on the Roundhouse Design Advisory Committee.
As part of the latest proposal, the Roundhouse would be renovated inside with new locker rooms and a weight room added, a new entrance and several other improvements.
The latest design work by architect RDG of Des Moines seemed to jive with what the committee wanted to see.
"We're very pleased," Wilson said. "It was a great Christmas present."
The $9.1 million would be the school district's responsibility with an additional $4 million portion of the project raised by the community. The $4 million would pay for an auxiliary gym and wrestling room. Wilson said the numbers are skewed high and are conservative. No board action was taken as the project was discussed in a special work session of the board.
The actual proposal with the latest design is expected to be brought before the board for approval on Jan. 21.
In other board action, members decided they wanted to send a letter of condolence and support to the school district in Newtown, Conn. affected by Friday's tragedy.
"We'll get it out this week," Wilson said.
The board approved the early retirement incentive for four more longtime school district employees who will be retiring at the end of the 2012-13 school year, which includes Jeanne Christensen, Mary Jane Hazelwood, Vickie McVey and Julee Swanson.
The next regular school board meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Jan. 7 at district offices.