Cameron Opening Delayed Yet Again

MOUNDSVILLE – The completion date for the Cameron High and Middle School project is being pushed back again.

Marshall County Schools Assistant Superintendent Wayne Simms said the project manager and representatives from the involved trade unions met Wednesday for more than six hours in an effort to set a hard date for substantial completion.

Officials with Project and Construction Services Inc., the general contractor for the project, took the information and are in the process of “fine tuning” the officials’ calendar.

Although Simms could not give an official completion date, he said the deadline has again been extended.

“We don’t want to commit to anything yet, but a final schedule will be given to the board next week,” he said.

Earlier this spring, school officials said they could not meet a projected completion date of July, noting the new date likely would be in August with students moving into the structure in late September or early October. Officials project that at least one month will be needed to clean the school and get it ready for use.

That also takes into account the balancing of the state-of-the-art chilled beam HVAC system and any minor repairs that need to be made through the building.

The original completion date was mid-October 2011, but heavy rains were blamed for extended delays.

The $31.4 million project is being paid for through West Virginia School Building Authority funds and money taken from a school bond passed by voters.

An update on the project, as well as the official calendar and completion date, will be given to the board of education at its meeting Tuesday, which is set for 6:30 p.m at the board of education office on Fourth Street in Moundsville.