A meeting was held yesterday to bring the community up to speed on the wobbly plans for a new Chamblee High School. As we have learned lately, this project, approved with funding from a $58+ million QSCB interest free bond was somehow underestimated by somewhere around $10 million. Apparently, it is currently being re-estimated and in the interim, progress has halted. The project is already months behind schedule and continues to show signs of losing even more ground.
The Dunwoody Reporter posted a lengthy article about yesterday’s meeting.
Read it here:
Chamblee Charter High School parents angrily voiced their frustration with DeKalb school system officials March 15 over delays in renovating the school.
School officials told more than 60 parents and students gathered at the high school for a report on the construction project that it will require up to $10 million more than the original budget of $68 million.
“I think it’s an example of extremely poor management on behalf of the county,” said Joey Reasor, whose daughter is a 10th grader in Chamblee’s magnet program. “A $10 million shortfall means a lot of millions were passed until somebody raised their hand and said, ‘We’re in trouble.’”
District 1 board rep Nancy Jester also attended the meeting and posted the following tweets at the time:
I’m at Chamblee Charter HS about to listen to the construction update community meeting.
The new COO Stephen Wilkins is addessing the meeting.
Architects Perkins and Will is presenting their plans. No changes from previous plans; just a reminder of the site plan.
Parent asked when will the project start and will it change from what is presented? Walter Woods says project should start soon; no changes.
Parent asks when children will be in the new building? Dan Drake says after winter break 2013/2014; major construction will still on going.
Parent: why do we need $10 million more? Dan Drake, says that the nadatorium wasn’t included initially plus Davis-Bacon compliance.
Parent: Project was put on hold and community not informed? Can we expect a different style of communication? Walter Woods: yes
Parent: why did you come with the same presentation and we have to try and ask the right questions?
Parent: you haven’t told us why construction hasn’t happened. You aren’t guaranteeing us that the project is going to proceed as planned.
Dan Drake: Next week we are going to get a guaranteed price from the contractor and we will really know the price.
Parent: what are our cost to date? Drake: I don’t have that information. I will get that to Mr. Tench.
Parent: why can’t we start the demolition now? Woods, we have to have the meeting with contractor and have a complete answer about cost.