Trustees for the Calallen Independent School District on Monday selected a pair of contractors for two of the district's bond projects.

KJM Commercial was unanimously selected for the construction of the new Calallen High School Agricultural Science Facility, which had an original budget of $1.5 million. KJM Commercial's bid, $1.4 million, was $100,000 less than that figure.

Trustees also unanimously selected Marshall Co. as the contractor for the Calallen Middle School additions and renovations project. Marshall Co. submitted a bid of $4.4 million, about $700,000 less than the original cost estimate for the project, school officials said.

Superintendent Arturo Almendarez said he was happy the figures for the two projects were under budget, adding that it shows residents the district is being responsible with taxpayer money.

"We're delighted that the proposals have come in under what we budgeted," Almendarez said. "Thus far we've done very well with all our projects and in terms of our construction, we've been ahead of schedule."

Also at Monday's meeting:

Almendarez addressed concerns raised by parents during the public speaking portion of Monday's meeting about a cut to the district's choir programs at the middle and high school.

Parents took turns to express their displeasure at a rumor the district was planning to cut back on the number of choir teachers, from two to one. Almendarez said after Monday's meeting that the district was not planning to cut the choir program at either of the schools.

Instead, he said, the district is looking to replace the full-time choir director at the middle school with a part-time instructor.

The high school choir director, who already teaches some choir classes at the middle school, would continue on in that capacity.

The reason he cited was a decline in enrollment for the middle school's choir program, which he said did not justify having a full-time employee.