Potential Liability Claim Looms If LAMS Contractor Misses Extended Deadline

The School Board from left, Matt Williams, David Foster, President Jim Hall, Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and Kevin Honnell. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/lladailypost.com

Staff Report

The School Board approved a motion to send forward a material change request to the contract with McCarthy Building Companies, changing the completion date of the Los Alamos Middle School construction project from Oct. 31 to Nov. 26. Council Member Kevin Honnell cast the sole nay vote.

Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin, who serves as the owner representative for the LAMS construction project said he did not believe that the project could be completed by Nov. 26.

If the project is not completed by the Nov. 26 date, the District could potentially make a liability claim against McCarthy. Should McCarthy not agree to the change, the completion date would remain Oct. 31, so they are expected to agree.

Joan Ahlers, asset manager for Los Alamos Public Schools, had some good news for the School Board at the Oct. 10 Special Meeting dealing with construction issues. Surplus old furniture at Los Alamos  Middle School has mostly been given away to other schools or sold by the LAMS Student Council in a sale that netted $810.

The Student Council is discussing using the funds to purchase a work of art for the new school. A scrap dealer will take much of the remainder and give 25 percent of his proceeds back to the LAMS Student Council.

Ahlers also told the board of a request from the Farmington School District to use portables owned by the district and two that the district borrowed from Albuquerque Public Schools.

The board agreed to the request, which will save return fees on the Albuquerque units, prevent vandalism of empty units and increase good will among New Mexico school districts.

Joan Ahlers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com




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