Marshfield Early Childhood Center Monthly Progress:
September 22, 2021
Ground work has begun to prepare for a new road between Locust and Elm street to run along the Early Childhood Center.
Hubble Elementary playground is relocated to prepare for the new Early Childhood Center construction.
April 6, 2021
Marshfield voters agreed to an $8.5 million bond issue to build the proposed Early Childhood Center near Hubble Elementary School. The plans call for eight classrooms for preschool and four dedicated to early childhood special education. There is a designated storage space for each classroom and each pair of classrooms will share a restroom.
March 1, 2021
The district will be pacing an $8.5 million bond issue on the ballot, hailed as a "no tax increase" measure. If approved, it will add to district debt but will not increase property tax bills. "The one-story building to be build near Hubble Elementary School will expand preschool access for families with young children. Currently, the existing spaces are full and there is a waiting list. Long-term, it's a really important deal on multiple levels. This is going to allow us to provide additional services to make sure our youngest learners are ready for kindergarten." - David Steward, Superintendent of Schools
"A build of funds generated by the bond will be earmarked for the preschool center but a small portion will go to pay off a lease-purchase agreement, which provides money upfront that is paid off over time, typically by operating funds" - Mike Henry, Assistant Superintendent of Operations & Maintenance
February 22, 2021
The board and administration met with Paragon Architecture on the layout and look of the proposed Early Childhood Center. The one-story early childhood center will include eight preschool classrooms and space for a kitchen, library, the Parents as Teachers program and speech and physical therapy services. Saftey is also a priority. A large multipurpose room will double as a storm shelter. A breezeway between the new center and Hubble Elementary School. The district will also be working on reducing traffic congestion at the west campus by adding a road for school traffic. The district will also pay off a lease-purchase agreement, which provides money upfront that is paid off over time, to free up operating funds to pay for busing and hire preschool teachers. The timeline included a ground breaking date of September 2021 and hopes to open by August 2022.
Following extensive Long Range Comprehensive Planning by the School Board, Leadership Team, community members, teachers, and staff, it was decided that providing early childhood education is Marshfield's top priority. Early Childhood is universally agreed by educational professionals as the age when the greatest impact is made on students. This facility will give the district more than twice the current capacity to serve our early childhood aged students.