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Paris board approves six-year plan

The Paris School Board approved last week a six-year facilities plan, which will be forwarded to the Arkansas Department of Education’s Facilities Division, according to Paris School Superintendent Wayne Fawcett.

The plan doesn’t include any building projects. It does call for replacement of systems in existing buildings such as heating and air conditioning, plumbing, roof repairs and repairs to electrical systems.

Although those projects are included in the plan, they may not be done, Fawcett said.

“If something is on the plan, that doesn’t mean we’re going to do it,” Fawcett said. “We’re not locked in.”

Projects appearing on the list are there because the system — such as a heating and air conditioning system — is at the end of its life-cycle, Fawcett said.

“For example, the plumbing at the high school will be at the end of its life-cycle in 2016,” Fawcett said. “But, it will last longer than that and won’t be replaced.”

Some of the projects listed will be done, Fawcett said, and he mentioned some roofing work.

As for new construction, Fawcett said the district doesn’t need any.

“Our facilities are in really good shape,” Fawcett said. “We don’t need any building projects because our enrollment isn’t growing. We’re steady as far as our enrollment goes but we don’t need to build. If we should build, it will be because of the age of the building.”

The superintendent said the greatest building needs in the district are replacing the existing administration building and the bus garage, located behind Paris Middle School.

“The central office is the oldest building in the district,” Fawcett said. “It’s actually and old barracks that came from Camp Robinson and was renovated. The barracks was built in the 1940s.

“We’ve got mold in the building and we keep patching things up but it’s not very efficient,” Fawcett said. “There are drainage problems underneath the building, too. Next would be the bus garage and it was built in the 1950s.”

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