(MARLETTE) -- Marlette Schools Superintendent Jeriann Patterson updated the school board Wednesday on the $5.54 million bond project. The first phase of the project is completed. The Bea McDonald Elementary School was taken down and the lot has been seeded for new grass. Superintendent Patterson noted that the project took a little longer to finish due to the unusually wet spring. Also, the three new busses have been ordered and are expected to be delivered in time for the start of the new school year. The board Wednesday approved the final bids for the bond project. The district was successful in keeping its promise to the community by hiring as many local contractors as possible. According to Superintendent Patterson, at the elementary, $530,460 was awarded locally and over $1.3 million was awarded to local contractors for the Jr./Sr. High School.