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Marietta Local Schools Chief Financial Officer Frank Antill, left, presented options to the Marietta Schools Board of Education on how to spend funds for facility repairs during the board meeting Monday night. (Photo by Michelle Dillon)

The Marietta City Schools Board of Education approved a plan to make repairs to facilities during its board meeting Monday evening.

Marietta City Schools Chief Fiscal Officer Frank Antill presented two resolutions to the board on how to spend Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds.

“We had ESSER funds and we kind of earmarked about $1.5 million for potentially building a stadium outside of the high school. In December we decided we were not doing that,” Antill said.

He said the district still has $1.3 million to $1.5 million to spend and it has to be spent by Dec. 31.

Antill worked with Pickering Associates on estimates for the two different options for spending the funds, he said.

The first option would involve roofs and restrooms. It would involve replacing the roof on the district building at 111 Academy Drive, that would cost approximately $450,000.

It would also include a new roof for the bus garage which would cost approximately $125,000; a roof for the IT building besides the Marietta Elementary School Gym and two other roofs at the school that cover overhangs and walkways at an estimate of $120,000; and a roof for Putnam School, an alternative school in the district, with an estimated cost of approximately $200,000, according to Antill.

There would be costs of $75,000 to $80,000 for a construction manager to oversee everything. The rest of the money under the first option would be spent on upgrading restrooms.

While he did work with Pickering Associates on the estimated costs, the district will still need to do a request for proposals for the projects associated with the roofs and restrooms, Antill said.

If the board chooses to replace the roofs, there would still be about $300,000 left of the ESSER funds to spend and Antill thinks the district should use it to upgrade bathroom facilities.

The second option Antill proposed to the board was replacing the HVAC equipment in the gyms at Marietta Elementary School, Washington Elementary School and Phillips Elementary School.

Any funds that would be left if the board picked the second option would be used for updates to Marietta High School’s HVAC, Antill said.

The board unanimously voted to use the ESSER funds to make the roof repairs and bathroom upgrades.

Antill said he would have more information about costs for the roof repair and bathroom upgrades for the board at its February meeting.

Also during the meeting Superintendent Brad Silvus presented board members with certificates of appreciation for School Board Recognition Month. The Marietta Education Association brought cookies as a way to recognize the board members as well.

The board went into executive session at 8:03 p.m. to consider the employment of a public employee and the discipline of public employee. Board President Sam Tuten said no action would be taken after the executive session.

The next meeting board meeting will be Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.

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