Updated 09/12/2012 04:46 PM
Contractor fired from McNair Elementary construction project
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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — The contractor in charge of construction at the new McNair Elementary School in Greensboro is off the job.
The Guilford County School Board voted Tuesday evening to terminate the contract, saying Farley Associates had not made significant progress on the project since it failed to meet the completion deadline. Now members of the community are worried about how much more this could delay the opening of the new school.
Capricia Horton lives down the street from McNair Elementary, and she is anxious for her son to start school there. He was slated to start speech and physical therapy in school this year, but since McNair was not finished by its July 31 deadline, her son has been going to another school temporarily.
"With everything up in the air, my concern is that all of that will be delayed to the point where he's the one that's going to suffer for it," said Horton.
After the initial delay, Guilford County School hoped the building would be ready by the end of October. After that did not occur, the agreement was terminated with contractor Farley Associates.
"It is their sole responsibility to coordinate and manage the work that's going on out here so when we did not think they had adequate man-power we questioned them," said Director of Construction Julius Monk.
Monk said Farley Associates had not been paying their sub-contractors in a timely manner and as a result was falling even further behind schedule. Now Horton is concerned her son will be in his temporary school for an extended period of time.
"I think it'll have a grave affect...They need to be stable and i think whenever you're moving children on a constant basis it really impedes their ability to learn they way they should learn," said Horton.
Guilford County School representatives said they understand the concerns of parents and will work to ensure a new contractor is in place as quickly as possible.
"We are as disappointed as they are. We're going to make every effort to stay in communication with the bonding company not only to push them to get a contractor out here as soon as possible but to make sure that we have the level of manpower that's necessary to provide the quality that we expect for our students," said Monk.
The bonding company that insures the construction project needs to select a new contractor to finish the job. It could also elect to pay damages it would owe the school district, allowing them to pick a crew on it's own. Those damages would be $2,000 a day since the original July 31 deadline.