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Contractor Said Oct. 31st Is The New Deadline For McNair Elementary Completion

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Greensboro, NC--  In a letter from the construction contractor, it said October 31st is the new deadline for McNair Elementary completion.

Last week, McNair Elementary parents found out their school wouldn't be opening on time. On Friday, News 2 got access to some letters between the school district and construction company attorneys that mention Halloween as the latest date the school could be finished.

News 2's Liz Crawford has been looking through those letters and talked to the district's lawyer. Turns out, even with this October 31st date stated in one of the letters, it's still not official.

In a letter from the attorney for the  contractor, Farley Associates, it tells the district they're working on, " ...a substantial completion date that is no later than October 31st."

In a letter from Guilford County Schools to Farley Associates it explains what caused the construction delay. Some of the reasons include:

( 1) failing to supply enough properly skilled workers to the Project;

( 2 ) failing to make payment to subcontractors for materials or labor in a timely fashion;

( 3 )failing to comply with coordination and scheduling obligations

News 2 had been hearing about these issues for months from construction workers who called our newsroom.

In a story from last week, a worker with the electrical contractor detailed some of these reasons to News 2's Liz Crawford.

Read: Const. Worker Said McNair Elem Work Wasn't Running Smoothly, Things Got Behind

But the district kept promising us the school would open on time.

On Friday, a lawyer with the district told News 2 the school knew about the scheduling concerns for quite some time.

They didn't make a decision sooner for legal reasons.

Jill Wilson, Guilford County School Board Attorney said, "Declaring a contractor in default is a major, obviously and difficult decision. When contractors are declared in default, there's also all kind of legal avenues that don't turn around on a dime."

The district also told News 2 that the attorney letter exchange is a positive step. The agreement still stands between the district and the contractor, which allows Farley Associates to continue making progress on the McNair project.

WFMY News 2

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