Taxpayers Not Paying for School Redesign- Completion of Schools Delayed until March

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By Dave Freneaux

    In Monday’s School Board meeting the Central Community School System, PBK Architects and Arkel International agreed that the $600,000 price tag for structural steel redesign on Central’s new schools should not be paid by the taxpayers of Central.

    Agreements were drafted which pay Arkel, the General Contractor, $600,000 to compensate for materials and delays resulting from the redesign of the steel structure of the buildings.  That $600,000 will be deducted from the fees paid to PBK Architects for their services.     

    PBK has taken the stance that the School System and the Contractor had nothing to do with the design errors and should thus not be penalized or further delayed by the issue.  As a part of the agreements, the new target completion dates for both the intermediate and middle schools is March 15, 2012.

    In other business the School Board accepted a draft of the new Drug Testing Policy and is forwarding it to committee for review.  The policy can be seen at under “School Board” under the “Policies” tab.  Once reviewed by committee the policy will likely come back to the full School Board for final corrections and approval.  Anyone wishing to be heard on the matter should contact their School Board member and plan on attending future School Board meetings.


  1. Alton R Ashford

    May 15, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Dave, on the surface this seems like a win for the school board and the community. Not only the $600,000 redesign not being charged to the school board but the fact that both schools will be finished before being occupied. I never liked the idea of the intermediate school being occupied with students, while construction was ongoing at the middle school. I can’t imagine a March 15 target date as a benefit to the school board. It will add close to 4 months of extra time for completion of each school to the contractors. I don’t see students occupying this building until the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year. That means the intermediate school, along with t-buildings, will be leased for another school year due to these delays. Were any agreements made on who was going to incur these costs?

    • dave

      May 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      I have not viewed the lease, but I am told that our lease for Starkey runs through summer of 2012 anyway, meaning whether we move in November or May will not make any difference.

  2. Alton R Ashford

    May 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    If thats the case, it would seem that the school board did an excellent job of addressing the issue. The March 15 date will now provide plenty of preparation time for teachers and administration as the enter the new buildings. Plus any punch lists, bugs or issues that may turn up with the buildings can be addressed before students occupy. A realistic construction completion schedule should insure quality workmanship and provide ample time for thorough inspections during and upon completion of the project.

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