McNair Elementary Parents Upset With School Communication

7:50 PM, Sep 13, 2012   |    comments
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Browns Summit - Parents were first told McNair Elementary wouldn't be open for the first day of school. They were then told construction should be complete by Halloween.

Monday, the Guilford County School District fired the contractor, Farley and Associates, and now the project is in the hands of a bond surety company.

The first time parents heard about the construction problems was on August 17 but Wednesday News 2 found internal emails showing the school district was making back-up plans as early as July 17, one month earlier.

Wednesday, parents told News 2 the school district didn't give them fair warning that McNair wouldn't be ready for the first day of school.

But Thursday, with this new information, they say they are losing faith in their school system.

"They're going to have to build our trust back up in them. We put them in place to make policies and procedures and to follow them so parents stay in the loop. So they just need to be more effective in getting the information out there and in a timely fashion," said Kim Dobson, parent of a McNair Elementary student.

"We're entrusting our children in them, and you know as a taxpayer, and as a citizen, we expect a level of professionalism, and we're not getting that from this situation," said LaDavid Foster, parent of a McNair Elementary student.

This project has been turned over to The Hartford which is Farley's bond surety company.

They guarantee suppliers and subcontractors will be paid for work performed under the contract.

In this case, because Farley defaulted, The Hartford must decide whether they will find another company to finish the contract or repay the school district for its losses.

WFMY News 2

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