More Central games will be moved
It will take another month for the completion of renovations at the Central High School gymnasium needed to host basketball games, Guilford County Schools officials said Tuesday.
The additional delay means that the gym won’t be available for home games until Jan. 17 at the earliest.
KMD Construction, the contractor working on the $5 million project and school officials have shared the news with parents and High Point community members, according to a district statement.
“This news is frustrating for everyone involved,” said Terrence Young, district chief information officer. “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through a tough situation.”
The revised timeline means the gym won’t be ready for basketball games until about a month after the previous completion date. The additional delay means the reminder of Central’s home basketball games will most likely be played at Southwest Guilford High. Southwest High also hosted High Point Central’s basketball games last year.
The current contractor, KMD Construction, is the second contractor working on the project. Miles Builders was first awarded the contract in April 2011 and the building was scheduled to be ready for games in October 2011. The Guilford County Board of Education terminated that contract in November 2011 after delays and reports the contractor was not paying subcontractors.
Miles Builders’ surety company selected KMD Construction as the replacement contractor in April. At that time, KMD estimated the project would be completed in October 2012. In October, KMD Construction pushed that date back to December.
Renovations include replacing the 56-year-old gym floor that was not in the original project plans. During construction water damage warped some sections of the hardwood. The floor will be replaced as part of the overall project plans. The school board approved a preliminary estimate of $150,000 for the work.
The delay comes less than a week after the Central High parents, teachers and alumni told the school board during a forum at Southwest Guilford High that their school has been neglected for years and needs substantial renovations.
Young said that GCS has completed 44 projects from the 2008 school bonds, including the replacement for Eastern High School, the new Haynes-Inman Education Center and Jamestown Middle School. The vast majority of those projects came in on time and under budget, allowing the Board of Education to reallocate $22.5 million to new projects across the district.
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Renovations: Phase one of the High Point Central gym project includes a new concession stand and ticket booth as well as a new multi-purpose room and renovated locker rooms and offices.
Games: Bison varsity basketball games will be played in the new Coggins gym at Southwest High and junior varsity games will be held in the annex. Southwest High hosted High Point Central’s basketball games last year.