Marshalltown Schools Part of Million Dollar Estate
by KIX101.1/ 1230 KFJB News Department
posted Oct 15 2013 4:10PM
The Marshalltown School District was one of the many organizations named in the million dollar estate of Verle and Ellen Hunt. Principal Aiddy Phomvisay from Marshalltown High School said that he is excited about what this money could mean to the Marshalltown Schools in certain disciplines.
Mr. Hunt was an avid supporter of the sciences, and Phomvisay says, " he was encouraging of young people to get more into math and science, but especially engineering."
In fact, Verle Hunt worked for Fisher Controls and Emerson as a design engineer. Phomvisay envisions the money to promote the school districts math and science programs.
"In my understanding he had been following along with what our district was doing the past few years to promote STEM," Phomvisay said. It was added that Phomvisay was told that it was Mr. Hunt's vision for the district to use the money, "to reach down into the lower grades to provoke more interest and engagement with STEM activities." Phomvisay already has plans to put together a committee of teachers and administrators to develop a plan to follow Hunt's vision.
Verle and Ellen passes away in 2012. They left their $1 million estate to multiple Marshalltown organizations. Each will receive $100,000.
--By 1230 KFJB News Reporter Katherine Fritcke