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The new Huff Consolidated is still on track for an August opening.
Maintenance Director Jeff Brewer told the Wyoming County Board of Education last Thursday that the school “is on a very, very tight schedule.”
Teachers will return for the 2014-15 term on August 18, and the first day for students is August 21.
There had been concerns that floor tiles could not be put down due to moisture content in concrete.
Brewer reported that three rooms had been tiled and that he had been advised that if any problems were going to develop, it would be apparent within 72 hours.
“Everything was good after 72 hours,” he commented.
He noted that the cortractor, by working through the winter, was on track to get the new school built in 13 and a half months.
“Typically, this would be an 18 month project,” Brewer stated.
“We’re excited and looking forward (to the new school opening),” said BOE President Michael Prichard.
There are still a few punch list items at Pineville Elementary The parking lot has been resurfaced, but striping is still needed.
Brewer expects playground equipment to be delivered around mid-September.
In other business, Superintendent of Schools Frank “Bucky”Blackwell noted that the last levy included cameras for all schools and buses.
“We want to make sure we are up to date,” he stated.
The state’s plan to use ACAMS for school security has “evaporated,” according to Transportation and Safety Director Jeff Hylton.
“The state has decided to go in a different direction,” he commented.
“We thought (ACAMS) would be implemented this year,” Blackwell observed.
Board Member Mike Davis suggested working with the Sheriff’s Department.
Blackwell said the school system does work with local law enforcement. He said a meeting would be held soon to “make sure we’re all on the same page.”
When asked about GPS for school buses, Hylton reported that GPS only works in Mullens and parts of Pineville and Oceana but does not work in rural parts of the county.
Also: Joe Stewart reviewed the county’s federal funding application for Title I and other programs.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.


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