Harrisonburg School Complex Delay

By: Kelly Creswell
By: Kelly Creswell

Luckily Doctor Donald Ford says he planned things in advance so if any problems did get in the way, there was still time.
But that time is running short, and if council doesn't take action at their meeting in two weeks, then the future of the complex could be in jeopardy.
"The bottom line is that if we're not able to begin construction relatively soon, then it's not possible to build a building the size of what we're going to need," says Dr. Don Ford.
Harrisonburg School Superintendent Doctor Donald Ford says Nielsen building company needs to begin moving dirt by September 1st.
"While we have a firm price at this point for the construction of the building, the potential is there that the price may increase significantly, therefore it's better for the city as a whole, to try to get the building built as quick as we can," says Ford.
City council member Charles Chenault says it is just to much information to look at to make a rush decision.
"We need more time to go through what amounts to a 30 page document on a possibly 37, 35 to 37 million dollar contract to see what's in it and probably have some questions about it," says Charles Chenault.
Ford says he hasn't started looking at alternative plans because he's optimistic that council will approve the comprehensive agreement.


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