Construction Mgr. Says McNair Elem. Almost Finished

6:15 PM, Aug 20, 2012   |    comments
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Brown Summit, NC -- Parents with children at McNair Elementary School were supposed to get their first look inside the brand new school during an open house Thursday. Instead, they'll be touring different schools because McNair won't be ready in time for class next week.

The Guilford County School System's facilities and construction manager, Robert Melton, gave WFMY News 2 a tour of the school Monday, and he says it's mainly finishing touches that are delaying the construction's completion.

Outside, the building is missing paneling, but the school system says it is structurally complete.

Inside, some classrooms are more finished than others. A few still have no ceiling tiles, no flooring and no final coat of paint -- but school leaders say all that could be finished with less than a full day's worth of effort. Other classrooms are virtually done and just need all the construction dust cleaned off.

So what caused the contractor, South Carolina-based Farley Associates, to miss the July 18th deadline? Neither school system reps nor the district attorney would give specifics. But WFMY News 2 has learned at least two sub-contractors complained of not getting paid on time by Farley.

Since Friday's announcement the school wouldn't be complete, some parents have expressed their disappointment. But the school system says they should focus on the positive.

"They really should look forward to ... what they'll get once they get here," Melton said. "They will be in a brand-new school that's full of the latest technology with an environment and teachers and administration who are going to provide the best possible learning environment for those students."

The school system hasn't set a new move-in date for students yet, or a new construction completion date.  But the school system attorney says a new agreement should be done by the end of the week.  

Because Farley Associates breached its contract by missing the deadline, the school system can get monetary damages from the company.

Students will be temporarily reassigned to other schools.

WFMY News 2

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