Work continues on the four room classroom addition to the East Elementary School in Foristell, MO, leaving Wright City R-II School District officials frustrated with the contractor.
Wright City R-II district officials are still hopeful for students to occupy the four rooms from the addition at East Elementary in early January despite the contractor being behind schedule in working through the punch list.
Erik Wilson of Bond Architects reported to the R-II Board of Education last week that they went through a punch list the previous week and there were “a lot of small items for them to address.”
Wilson said there are a few bigger items the contractor needs to address so that the fire marshal can do his inspection and they can get occupancy.
“Once those things are done, I do think based on what they’ve accomplished so far in the last week, they’ll linger a little bit longer than we’d like them to,” Wilson said. “But we’re going to be pushing on them. I know the district’s been calling the contractor and we’ve been emailing and calling. We’re just trying to get them, to get people there, to finish up items.”
Board member Kyle Lewis said he struggled with the speed the contractor was working, noting how far behind schedule they were as of last week’s meeting.
“That’s extremely frustrating,” Lewis said.
Wilson said he did not understand why more of the things on the punch list were not done. He noted a lot of the items are the general contractor’s responsibility, not the responsibility of an electrician or subcontractor.
“They’re saying they’re working on it and yes, they’re responding. But I was there today and it’s a lot to be done,” Wilson said last week.
Wright City Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Way said the plan is for the fire marshals to come on Dec. 26 and Dec. 27. They are hoping to get occupancy on those days. The current plan is to have teachers and students in the rooms on Jan. 4.
Wright City Superintendent Chris Berger suggested if the district is not occupying those rooms by their January board meeting, they may want to invite the general contractor to come to the January board meeting and answer questions regarding the progress.
“If we’re not occupying those rooms, we probably want the contractor to come in and ask questions directly to them, invite them in,” Berger said. “Because obviously over the last few days, we’re losing patience a little bit and want those rooms.”