In April 2017, voters in the district approved a no tax increase $2.3 million bond issue to make urgent repairs needed at district buildings, and to make improvements.

How about this for the unusual? A government project is coming in on time and possibly under budget.

Such is the case for the Paris R-II School District. In April 2017, voters in the district approved a no tax increase $2.3 million bond issue to make urgent repairs needed at district buildings, and to make improvements.

“At this point we are on budget,” said Dr. Aaron Vitt, superintendent of Paris Schools. “We have had a couple of minor adjustments that had to be made but nothing beyond the allowances associated with a project like this. We have been fortunate to not have any major surprises. When you are doing renovation work, the architect and contractors create a bid and budget with the best information they have but not everything is out in the open and in plain sight. Marin Construction has been great to work with. They have completed projects with minimal disruption. They are cognizant that our focus is educating students in the best conditions possible and they have worked diligently to ensure that our educational climate is maintained.”

The district projects that are complete include:

The drive used for student drop off and pick up at the elementary school was in a state of disrepair.

“The plans called for new asphalt for the drive and parking lot,” Vitt said. “We also requested bids to pour a concrete drive. The concrete would be more expensive but much more durable thus resulting in saving money over the long haul. Although more expensive, the concrete bid was a better use of the school community’s money.”

There is new LED lighting at the elementary school, which Vitt says is brighter and more cost effective. Vitt said the energy savings will more than pay for itself.

The high school classrooms now have air conditioning.

The roofs of the high school and the elementary school have received extensive repairs.

Tuckpointing has been completed, which was needed to repair deteriorating mortar in walls that threatened the structural integrity of school buildings.

If the project comes in under budget, Vitt says that other items may be addressed.

“There were a couple of items that the board of education and the community advisory committee considered that did not make the final cut based on cost projections. We have not made any final decisions on any other projects and won’t until the final numbers are in. We would like to address the drainage issues on our campus. We have submitted the drawings for a drainage system to the city of Paris,” Vitt said.