New Student Drop-Off At Middle School Might Be Ready By End Of Summer

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The new student drop-off at Rim Country Middle School will probably be ready before the next school year starts.

The total estimate to complete the project at RCMS is $8.9 million, Tim Brand with PinnacleOne said.

Remodeling and construction at RCMS will include new classrooms, science labs, computer technology and numerous other remodels and additions.

Michael Marr, senior project manager for W.E. O'Neil, said nothing is written in stone, but the new student drop-off at Rim Country Middle School could be ready as early as the end of the summer break.

Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O'Brien said it is his understanding that the new drop-off and parking lots would likely be ready for the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year.

Marr and O'Brien said construction at RCMS should have minimal impact on parents and students.

Marr said the goal is to have the least possible impact on parents and students during construction.

"It's all about the kids for us," Marr said. "After all, that's who this is really for."

Construction on the bond project at Rim Country Middle School is also ahead of schedule.

"Its nothing to brag about really," said Marr.

"But we are just a little ahead of schedule right now."

Marr is the senior project manager at both Rim Country Middle School and Julia Randall Elementary School.

He said that if everything stays on schedule, people in Payson could see building construction begin at Rim Country Middle School in about a month.

"We should start going vertical in the next month or so. That should be about the time people will start going by and saying, ‘Hey look at that,'" said Marr.

He said W.E O'Neil has a local electrical contractor as well as MMI Plumbing out of Tucson ready to start when they get the word.

"We are still finalizing things like writing contracts for some of our interior subcontractors and things like that, but everything is going super," Marr said.

During one of the district school board meetings last month, Marr said he would relocate to Payson. He and his wife have since found a home in Payson and are staying there at least three or four days a week.

"By the end of the month we should be staying here full-time so I can give the projects all the attention they deserve," said Marr.

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