School’s out and now the work begins. Two area school superintendents recently outlined the program of work that will take place over the summer.
Paris School Superintendent Wayne Fawcett said the biggest job in his district this summer will be renovation of the Paris Elementary School library.
“We renovated the Paris Middle School library last year and we did a partial remodel of the Paris High School library during the school year,” Fawcett said. “The elementary library project will complete things. The project requires all new paint, lighting and furniture. We’ll modernize it like we did the middle school library.”
Other projects in the district should be considered normal for the summer break.
“We’re going to replace some flooring in the high school band room,” Fawcett said. “We may also paint the walls. We’re going to rip out the carpet that’s in there and replace it with tile. That’s going to make it look much nicer.”
There are also plans to do some improvements to the football field at Eagles Stadium. Fawcett said the field will be recrowned so it drains water better. Also, the district plans to complete the fencing of land east of the high school so it can be used by the school agriculture department.
“We’re doing that so they can complete their farm,” Fawcett said. “I think they are going to put some cattle in that area.”
A second entry door will be installed in front of the present entry door at Paris Elementary School for security reasons, Fawcett said.
“When someone wants to enter the elementary school, they’ll have to be buzzed in from the office,” Fawcett said. “We’re going to install one at Paris Middle School during the school year.”
Fawcett also has to hire four new teachers before the 2018-19 school year opens on Aug. 13.
“Hiring only four is wonderful for us,” Fawcett said. “In each of the last two years, we’ve had to hire 17 new teachers.”
Scranton School District Superintendent Toby Cook said the biggest project in his district this summer is completion of a safe room.
“It’s scheduled to be finished in July and will hold 630 people,” Cook said. “We’re also going to do some renovations to the bus pen, some asphalt paving and redo some floors.”
Cook said he has to hire two or three new teachers and they should be hired in June.
The 2018-19 school year in Scranton opens on Aug. 15.