Marysville News

Marysville's school officials return to repaired offices


Marysville Exempted Village School District Superintendent Diane Mankins said district administrators are back in action.

Employees of the board office moved back into the repaired building on Jan. 18 after being displaced for four months.

The building was damaged on Sept. 16 when a man drove his truck through the lobby.

Ernest William Otto II of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., pleaded guilty to a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence.

The crash destroyed two offices and the reception area. But engineers said the building was structurally sound and just the damaged area could be repaired without replacing the entire building. Approximately 1,500 square feet of the 8,039-square-foot building was replaced.

The district's insurance picked up the nearly $145,000 cost of repairs.

"We just put it back together again. We obviously redesigned the front a little bit. But you can't really redesign on their dollar," said Mankins.

The 20 employees moved to the old Marysville Middle School on Maple Street while the building was being repaired.

"We were lucky to have that other space. I know that's a source of frustration for some in the district. But this isn't the first time we had a disaster and it's been able to be used," said Mankins.

Raymond Elementary School relocated students to the old middle school in 2008 for three days when the remnants of Hurricane Ike knocked out power in the area.

"So it does make it nice to have a spot like that because it would have been substantially more expensive to find some place for us to go," said Mankins. "From our feelers, there wasn't anywhere in Marysville that could hold us so we would have been looking at renting space in Dublin or somewhere like that."

Mankins is in her first year at MEVSD and said she has actually spent more time working from the Maple Street building than she has the actual board office.

Crews are putting the final touches on wiring the technology and all the furniture is moved in.

School board President Jeff Mabee says using the Maple Street building for regular board meetings over the last few months has turned out to be a good idea.

"We are going to continue to have the meetings at the Maple Street building. There is more space and just a better room to conduct large meetings in," said Mabee.