Middle School Construction Project Moving Forward

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Rim Country Middle School will start its "face-lift" in early March, which will include new classrooms, science labs, computer technology and numerous other remodels and additions.

Representatives with the Payson Unified School District and SSPW Architects of Phoenix displayed plans for renovations, remodeling and construction at Rim Country Middle School Wednesday Jan. 16 at Payson High School.

The construction is in a single phase and will conclude by about August 2009.

Payson Unified School District Superintendent Casey O'Brien said about 35 to 40 people attended the open house Wednesday night and that public response to plans was generally positive and favorable.

"It's pretty quiet right now," said O'Brien at about 6 p.m.

"But about half an hour ago we had a pretty good crowd in here."

Bill Pittenger with SSPW Architects gave a run-down of the remodels, renovations and construction, including a heavy remodeling of the "A" building, housing administrative offices.

The administrative offices will be moved the "E" building, along with special education and computer classes, so the "A" building can be used for classrooms.

The science and math building aren't getting as heavy a remodeling; with just one new classroom.

The library will also be expanded.

Also, an additional remodeling of dining facilities will include a single serving area in the cafeteria to alleviate some of the confusion created by having too many places where food is available right now, said Ken Grist, also with SSPW Architects.

"The changes in the serving area of the cafeteria will help get students through the lines more efficiently," said Grist.

"They're (Rim Country Middle School) planning to bring the students through in two lunch groups, and the changes will make the area more user-friendly than it is right now."

The music classrooms will get remodeling, added Grist, and the project will add a new student drop-off and pick-up area along South Meadow Street.

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