School Work Is Still Ongoing

The completion of the new Cameron High and Middle School Complex is in sight as the district continues to check off final repair items, officials said.

In a recent meeting with Ron Blatt, site manger with Project and Construction Services, and Larry Dunn, a mechanical engineer hired by Marshall County Schools, the school administration learned of the remaining items to be repaired at the school, which opened its doors for its second semester earlier this month. Superintendent Michael Hince said the administration’s primary concern is with remaining work on the school’s HVAC system, although the issues are not “monumental.”

“The one issue overriding the many smaller issues is the pumps used in the HVAC system,” Hince said. “Though they are working, they are not working optimally. While one pump is working the other should shut off, but that is not the case.”

Hince also noted the absence of release valves and vents could potentially pose a problem if there is ever an error in the system. Valves and pumps placed along the pipes would allow workers to fix any problems without shutting off the entire system, he said.

“That’ll be down the line,” Hince said. “It’s not a problem of function, per se, but those are supposed to have been in the original plans that need to be done.”

Roof leaks were an issue for school officials who expressed concern about the building’s rubberized roof. Although the leaks that occurred were fixed, Hince noted any work done on the roof could put nicks in the material and cause more leaks. He said in these incidents, the roofer is guaranteed to fix the issue.

A dust collector in the career and technical classrooms also was recently fixed, and staff will be trained in the coming weeks on safety techniques and how to properly use the equipment.

Hince estimated the remaining repairs would be done within the school year. He said many items on the final checklist, while not major, are being done because the district paid for a fully functional building.

“When you have something new, you expect it to be done right,” Hince said. “You don’t want little flaws – you want things done according to the original plan, because that’s what you paid for.”