In a particular session Tuesday, the Marietta Metropolis Faculties Board of Training permitted additional visioning of a tentative athletics/music complicated within the land between the highschool’s Davis Avenue gymnasium and auditorium and the tutorial constructing above Academy Drive.
Board members mentioned by way of phone with the district’s Athletic Director Cody Venderlic the thought of a stadium and fieldhouse to not solely centralize junior and highschool sports activities above the Marietta’s two rivers’ floodplain, but additionally benefit from a 3rd spherical of federal stimulus funds post-pandemic.
MCS Superintendent Will Hampton reminded these current that the Elementary and Secondary College Emergency Aid (ESSER) federal funding has come to the college district in rounds, with ESSER I used to supply lump-sum funds to present workers throughout the faculty 12 months, ESSER II used to carry again workers whose positions had been eradicated inside consolidation and assign them to particular recovery-learning roles for a restricted contract, and broaden each preschool and psychological well being choices for college kids inside the district.
Now, with ESSER III, Hampton defined, the district is seeking to what capital prices will be offset from the restricted everlasting enchancment fund, if federally eligible.
What to do with $8.6 million in ESSER III funding?
Some could also be earmarked for distant readiness, one other portion for curriculum enhancement.
Board Member Doug Mallett additionally famous a hope to make use of among the funds on the highschool’s roof needing substitute and Treasurer Frank Antill famous home windows and HVAC methods within the center and highschool will shortly want upgrades.
However the the rest, Venderlic proposed, could possibly be used to spend money on the tradition of the college system and a group vacation spot that would drive event and music income into the group as a complete if completed.
Venderlic reported an preliminary funding by the Marietta Athletic Boosters to fund preliminary designs and “fundraising presentables” with price estimates for as much as $15,000.
Venderlic obtained the blessing of voting board members bodily current to proceed with forming a visioning committee for an athletics complicated design.
Antill famous a preliminary price range for the ESSER III funds is predicted to be in place in August.
See future editions of the Occasions for evaluation of that visioning committee’s progress and the funding allocations damaged down of ESSER I-III funding for the district by the board.
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