High School Roof Work Woes Could Be Ending


A glimmer of light shone Monday at the end of the long tunnel in the Payson Unified School District years-long effort to get BMJS Construction to fix the leaky roof at the Old Main Building at Payson High School.

District Director of Maintenance and Transportation Todd Poer said the Winslow-based company has "bent over backwards" to complete all the repairs requested by the board and that he is confident they will get the last few leaks fixed.

"I am really proud of all the work Mr. Poer has done and I am sure with his oversight, everything will be completed satisfactorily," said District Superintendent Casey O'Brien. "But I still want to have a complete inspection before the board signs off on this thing."

The good news came at the Monday, Jan. 14 school board meeting.

The board also heard an update on the on-time renovations and additions at Julia Randall Elementary School and Rim Country Middle School, funded by a bond issue.

The contractor will host an open house to show off the changes and plans at Julia Randall Elementary School this Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The board also discussed the issue of per-student educational funding. Payson Unified School District students receive an average of $2,700 per year less than students nationwide, said O'Brien. However, state budget problems will probably prevent any budget relief this year.

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