Marysville Schools Boast New Athletic Field & Tennis Courts
(Filed: August 12, 2008)
of construction, Marysville Public Schools is unveiling one of the first
and most visible phases of their facilities bond projects -- a new
synthetic turf athletic field and 8-court tennis complex. Both
are part of the overall district facility upgrades approved in the May
2007 by district residents.
The multi-use athletic field will host Marysville's
football and soccer teams as well as the Viking Regiment marching band.
Now district teams will be able to utilize the districts premier field
without worry of damaging the once-fragile grass turf -- no matter what
type of weather condition they're experiencing. District officials
estimate the field will see triple the use it's seen in years past -- and
Once considered an extravagance, synthetic
turf fields practically pay
for themselves these days. Based on Marysville's past maintenance
practices and tangible costs (mowing equipment, gasoline, seed, soil and
labor), turf field industry experts predict there should be a direct
return on investment (ROI) within 10-12 years.
The once-concrete stadium seating has been replaced by a 1200+ seat
aluminum alloy construction bleacher unit, complete with a 200 sq. ft
press box atop. The 62-year old concrete stadium was thoroughly tested for
structural stability and found to be unsafe by an engineering firm hired
by Marysville Public Schools in late 2007.
Over several decades of use, cracks in the concrete structure formed.
That, and subsequent water damage, caused the concrete to crumble and
weaken, resulting in a concrete density rating that was roughly at 50%
of acceptable State and Federal standards for public safety.
Additional athletic field projects will
begin construction late in 2009, with newly constructed Varsity and JV
girls software fields wrapping up over the summer in 2010.
Marysville Citizens Approve $74 Million Facilities Bond Project
(Filed: May 8, 2007)
it was not possible, but yesterday Marysville voters approved a $74
million bond project to upgrade, renovate and improve existing buildings,
while also approving the construction of a brand new high school.
Remarkably, the bond initiative passed by the small margin of 55 votes.
Board of Education, along with school administrators and a large committee
of city residents, balloted a bond project that will change the face of
Marysville Public Schools for decades to come. In addition to the building
improvements and new high school, a new artificial turf athletic field,
tennis courts and baseball diamonds will be constructed.
Though many of the details are yet to be
released, construction should begin April 2008. The tennis courts
and athletic field projects should wrap up in early July 2008, just in
time for student-athletes returning for the fall sports season. High
School construction will begin later that year.
FOR CONSTRUCTION & BOND UPDATES, SEE:
Marysville Board of Ed to Discuss District Facilities, Needs
(Filed: February 2006)
isn't far off and the School District's thoughts are turning again toward
addressing district facilities.
Board of Education will meet in March to discuss the state of their
current facilities to determine whether a bond issue will be needed to
address the aging school buildings within the district. Topics
expected to be discussed will cover likely repairs and improvements to
nearly every district building, including the high school.
Marysville's school buildings are, on the average, the oldest in St. Clair
County, as some buildings are approaching or beyond 60 years in age.
Specifically, parts of the current high school are nearly 70 years old and
are beginning to show their age, inside as well as outside, despite being
well cared for over the years by Rick DeNardin, Marysville's Facilities
Maintenance Director, and his staff.
Though building a new high school
isn't out of the question, school officials aren't necessarily pursuing
such an expensive project, especially in lieu of current statewide
education funding limitations and lack of compelling enrollment growth
projections for the district. Not that building a new high school
out of the question. All options are on the table for discussion.
In 2003, a bond issue campaign that proposed $19.2 Million in building
renovations and improvements failed at a nearly 2-1 margin due in part to
poor voter turnout and general lack of support by parents of school age
children within the district.
School administrators are hoping for
better parental and community-wide support, despite the State's
increasingly gloomy economic climate and its effect on residents of St.
Clair County as a whole.
Marysville Recreation Department Considering Skate Park for '07
(Filed: November 2006)
enough there'll be "skating" in Marysville all year round -- this time
Recreation Department is planning to begin building a skate park
for kids young (and old) in Spring 2007 along Busha Highway in Marysville.
This skateboard and rollerblade park will host multiple ramps, 'tubes' and
railing assemblies. There will even be a 'wing' that will service
According to city recreation officials, the final price tag for the skate park will
likely be between $140,000 and $160,000 (including the purchase of the
property adjacent to the current municipal park on the premises), according to city recreation officials.
Funding for the park will come from the city recreation budget,
county recreation sources, as well as other outside funding sources &
Though the skate park was originally
planned for a summer 2006 construction, lack of grant money has delayed the
project nearly 2 years. The proposed park will now open June 2008.
Title IX Ruling May Create Gym Space Glut for Marysville Schools
(Filed: July 2005)
Though Marysville Schools have seen a small
decline recently in overall enrollment, they remain a popular 'School of
Choice" option for students from Port Huron and East China areas.
Still, there is an overwhelming need
for renovations to the district's aging buildings - especially the high
school which hasn't seen any development in nearly 30 years, and parts of
which are approaching 70 years in age.
Not that Marysville school administrators
haven't sought to address the issue.
Marysville's school board unsuccessfully campaigned for a $19-million
dollar bond issue in September 2003 to add classrooms, gymnasiums at both
the Jr. and Sr. high, add additional parking space, replace older roofs
and to make internal renovations (some of which are safety-related) in
every school building. Unfortunately, according to polling records, less than 12 percent (roughly
1 out of every 8) of the district's parents of school-age children voted
in the bond election, resulting in a crushing 2-to-1 defeat of the board's
proposal at the polls.
polling conducted by the St. Clair County RESA revealed that Marysville's
voters are unsure of the direction in which they'd like to see the
district go. This comes as bad news to a district badly in need of
extra space for its athletic programs and with up-and-coming challenges as
a result of recent court decisions relating to Title IX.
refers to the part of the Federal Education Act of 1972 that mandates that
all institutions that receive Federal aid must provide equal athletic
opportunities for women and men.
A recent Title IX ruling in Michigan will
require all public schools to reorganize their girls (and boys) athletic
programs and their respective seasons. In 2001, a lawsuit filed by
two female athletes claimed that the Michigan High School Athletic
Association was not in compliance with the Title IX statute, as their
women's programs' seasons didn't mirror that of their NCAA collegiate
counterparts, thus creating a mis-match that was discriminatory and
limited their exposure to prospective college coaches and scouts. A
Michigan court agreed, and after numerous challenges and nearly three
years of appeals, that decision will stand.
Compliance with Title IX will prove to be quite a challenge for smaller
districts such as Marysville Public Schools, whose athletic facilities are
generally either too small, outdated or already stretched to their usage
limits. Competition for limited gym space this fall will force
student athletes to practice before school (at 6:00 or 6:30 AM for
example) or face the prospect of practices that will go on well after 10
PM at night. Limited gym space may also cause difficulties for
scheduling athletic contests, even potentially limiting the number of home
games that can be held in some districts.
Both scenarios are causing school officials and parents much concern as
Fall 2005 approaches.
Marysville's administrators estimate they'll need at least two additional
competition-size gymnasiums in order to accommodate both girls and boys
basketball teams at all levels. This is in addition to other sports
teams or organizations that compete for access to the gymnasiums during
the fall and winter seasons.
Marysville school administrators and
acting high school
Athletic Director, Terry Curley, are already discussing possible ways to
address this facility scheduling problem. Without additional
facilities, and ones that can accommodate even a conservative number of
spectators, this is a problem that won't soon go away.
School officials are hoping for a grass-roots
movement in the city and townships to build a community-wide support
network that will push for an already-badly needed building program.
Without community input and action, Marysville students and their families
can expect to be inconvenienced for a number of seasons to come.
That means nearly everyone in the community with school age kids involved
in athletics, band and other extra curricular clubs/activities will be
inconvenienced to some degree.
Luckily for Michigan high schools, the
proposed TItle IX changes have been delayed pending further review by the
Michigan Supreme Court.
A ruling is expected as early as Fall 2006.
Silveri Named New Head of
(Filed: March 2005)
weeks of consideration, numerous interviews, school board site visits and
general deliberation, Marysville's Board of education voted unanimously, 7-0, to hire John
G. Silveri of the Allen Park Schools as the next Superintendent of
Marysville Public Schools.
Silveri, originally from
Trenton, Michigan, was most recently Assistant Superintendent in Allen Park
Schools, a district he has served as teacher, counselor and building
administrator for over 25 years. He holds degrees from Central Michigan
University, Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University in
Detroit. His two grown children, a son and a daughter, who are
graduates of Allen Park Schools. His wife, Lois, works as a
Nursing Administrator in the Metro Detroit Area.
The other finalist, Ms.
Sandra Standel, is Assistant Superintendent with the Royal Oak Public
Schools. Ms. Standel is a former 17-year Marysville Public School
employee and resides in Fort Gratiot Twp.
Details of Mr. Silveri's contract have not yet been
made public, but a school spokesperson indicated that Silveri's negotiated
contract is expected to be competitive with that of other area
superintendents of similar district size.
Mr. Silveri is expected to begin work April 11th.
Marysville Schools In Search of Superintendent
(Filed: January 2005)
A season of
change is in the air in Marysville.
Marysville school district is currently interviewing candidates for School
Superintendent to fill the vacancy left by Charles S. Andrews, who retired
in January 2005 to take an administrative position with the St. Clair
County RESA (formerly known as the St. Clair County ISD). Potential
candidates were interviewed by the School Board February 3rd, 4th and 5th
at the Marysville Municipal Building's city council chambers.
The final two candidates being considered are Ms. Sandra Standel
and Mr. John Silveri. Ms. Standel is a former 17-year Marysville
Public School employee, while Mr. Silveri is currently assistant
Superintendent at Allen Park (MI) Schools. Both are experienced
administrators with extensive management and labor negotiating experience
and considered strong candidates for the job. A final candidate
selection is expected to be completed by the end of February 2005.
The successful candidate will likely begin
work sometime April 2005.
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