PISD still cleaning up from ice storm damage

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This tree at Crockett Intermediate School was one of many damaged in the December ice storm and still awaiting cleanup.

Most of the city is still dealing with the effects of last month’s ice storm, and Paris Independent School District is no exception.

PISD spent the immediate days following the storm making sure each campus was accessible. Work has since shifted to general cleanup.

“The majority of the cleanup was getting the schools safe for students and staff use,” Superintendent Paul Jones said. “The schools are all safe and clear It’s more the looks of the campus now.”

Crockett Intermediate School had a lot of trees near the building to clear out, and the campus still has large trees near Collegiate to clean up. Paris Junior High School is also in need of work, particularly around Bradford pears, Jones said.

“Big things we may have to contract out because we don’t have the equipment,” he said. “We’re trying to do everything we can in house.”

The city is in the process of applying for help from the Texas Disaster Relief Fund to help pay for the costs, Jones said. The school districts can piggyback on that application, so he hopes that costs not covered by the district’s insurance could be reimbursed by the state. PISD is still calculating the costs such as equipment and overtime so it can submit it with the city’s application.

“I’m not expecting it,” he said. “But it would be nice if the extra costs we incurred because of storm damage could be covered.”

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