Central parents express concerns over gym

Nov. 13, 2012 @ 12:15 PM

Parents, teachers and community members packed the women’s gym of High Point Central High School to talk to the Guilford County Board of Education about delays to the main gym construction project on Oct. 29.

For the most part, the project is out of the board’s hands and in the hands of the surety company of the first contractor.

If original plans for the gym had been completed, the new gym at the school would have been ready to use a year ago. With current plans, the gym is expected to be ready for use by Dec. 18.

Bob Christina, principal of High Point Central, said the four basketball teams will be able to practice on campus but will continue to play home games at Southwest Guilford High School.

“We’ve got our basketball practices opening up Wednesday,” Christina said. “Friday we are going to have the floor waxed and resurfaced to make it playable for practices for our kids, which will also make it (usable) for P.E. as well. It’s certainly not ideal, but it’s functional.”

Guilford County Schools staff explained what got the project to this point. In November, the board fired the first contractor, Miles Builders, following a series of delays. In April, the board hired KMD Construction, which was selected by Miles Builder’s surety company. KMD first said the gym would be ready this month but later delayed that time line. Because this contractor was selected by the previous contractor surety company, how to proceed with the current contractor KMD does involve legalities, but not litigation.

Rob French, a parent of an athlete, said basketball teams played their last home game at Central 20 months ago.

French asked the board why there wasn’t any construction done at all for nearly nine months.

Duncan replied that after Miles Builder was fired, the rebid process took some time and then the new contractors went in to see if any of the previous work needed to be redone, which it did.

“We are all genuinely disappointed that things have gone the way they have. It’s been particularly bothersome to watch what I’d call a train wreck happen in slow motion in terms of the contracting,” Duncan said. “I could tell you of all the successful projects, but honestly, it doesn’t matter to you because this is the one that affects you. We’re very sorry this happened this way.