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Our Town focuses on the future

PARIS -- An idea that's been decades in the making is coming to life.
PARIS -- An idea that's been decades in the making is coming to life. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley tells us how Our Town is focusing on the future.

"It's commitment to the future."

It's a commitment Dave Mister has been passionate about for years. He's been the principal at Paris High School for more than a decade and has seen the ups-and-downs the town has gone through.

"We're looking at a community that has experienced some rough times economically. We've watched industry come and go."

But, he and the school board decided it was time for a big change. If you live in Paris, you know this school has been around for a while. It was built in 1909.

"We've been studying the idea of a new high school in the community probably for the better part of three or four decades."

Now, that idea is coming to life. The school will have brand new computers, large classrooms and a modern look that students are excited to see.

"It will allow us to create the environment that we think that kids need to be in today to be more collaborative, creative thinkers, problem solvers and be able to take advantage of today's technology."

The state gave Paris a grant of $39 million. People in the community are getting out their wallets too.

"The fact that the community is making this investment in their education and saying this is important, the community is will to invest this money in you to see that you have what it takes to make it in the future and the kids are starting to pick up on that."

The school won't be ready for a few years, but Mister is already hearing an exciting buzz in the hallways.

"'Hey this is going to be a neat. We're gonna be the first ones in that building plus the last ones in this one.' So this is kind of a neat situation for that group of kids."

Construction starts in October and should be done in 2014. No word what will happen with the old school.
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