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Archive for Friday, September 15, 1995

EUDORA DISTRICT STOPS PAYMENT ON NEW SCHOOL

September 15, 1995

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— School officials have identified about 50 items that need to be corrected at Eudora's new high school.

Problems with Eudora's new high school have led district officials to stop payment to the project's architects and builders.

Supt. Dan Bloom told board members at their meeting Thursday that the district was withholding final payments because of work and materials that didn't meet district specifications.

Board and district complaints about the $6 million school, which opened this fall, include:

  • Subpar painting work on the gymnasium floor. Greg Neis, board member, said spots where the school's colors -- red and white -- were painted side by side have become pink because the colors have bled.

"The whole floor needs to be redone," said board member Ernie Simon.

  • Improperly installed siding, which has separated and created gaps.
  • Substandard grading on three combination football and soccer fields. Although the fields are crowned, as per district requirements, they are not level end-to-end.

Bloom said officials had identified about 50 items that need to be corrected. He stressed that number and nature of the problems weren't what spurred him to withhold payment, however.

Instead, he said, the issue was unresponsiveness.

"Most of these things ... can be taken care of if somebody will just do it," he said. "I'm disappointed. I don't think we've been given the attention and consideration we've deserved for some time."

The school was designed by Glenn, Livingood and Penzler Architects of Lawrence and built by Mohan Construction Co., Topeka. Bloom said Thursday that he was not sure how much money the district owed the two businesses, but he said the vast majority had been paid.

Simon, an outspoken critic of the businesses, asked Bloom whether the district could take legal action to fix the problems quickly.

Bloom said he had talked to an attorney.

"We've cracked that door if we need to use it," he said.

In other news, the board set a special meeting for Sept. 25 to discuss space needs and financial issues.

The meeting was called after Bloom issued a report showing that classroom space was running out at Nottingham and West elementary schools.

Bloom said Nottingham needed four or five extra classrooms immediately because of enrollment increases. He estimated that the new rooms would cost $450,000.

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