Paris ISD to hold groundbreaking for new high school

Paris – The Paris Independent School District Monday afternoon will hold the groundbreaking for its new high school.

Voters in May, 2007 approved the more than 220,000 sq. foot facility, which is projected by PBK Architects to cost $37 million. Voters also two years ago approved two other propositions, which include $10 million in renovations to six of the District's other campuses, and a new football stadium valued at $6 million.

The total projected cost is approximately $53 million. The lowest bid received will determine the project's actual cost. The project went out for bid last Monday, and closes March 3. The Paris School Board is scheduled to approve the construction cost at its March 23 meeting.

Scheduled completion of the project is July, 2010.

All three propositions put to vote in May, 2007 were approved by more than 60% of voters.

The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Monday afternoon. The event is open to the community and will take place on the grounds of the new high school, at the intersection of South Collegiate Drive and Loop 286 in Paris.

Site plans plus a computer generated video of the new high school is available at