A parent and the school district are at odds about construction
problems at John Burroughs High School.
At Thursday night’s school board meeting, Jim Goss told the board
of his concerns about new linoleum floor tiles coming loose, flooding
on three floors during the heavy rains in December, door knobs
hitting and cracking stucco walls because of inadequate door stops
and poor acoustics in the school’s new multipurpose room.
“It’s a sad state of affairs that a parent has to go in and spot
these things when we have paid professionals who should do this,”
Ali Kiafar, the district’s chief facilities and development
superintendent, said the linoleum used in the new buildings is not as
sturdy as material used in past construction, but the old-style
linoleum contained asbestos.
The flooding was due to an inadequate storm drain system, which
has since been upgraded said Project Manager Jeff Bernards of
Bernards Bros. Construction Management.
“We got so much rain in such a short time, the storm drain system
we put in was overtaxed by the water,” he said, adding that
additional drains were installed.
New door stops have been ordered to resolve the problem of door
knobs hitting the stucco walls, Bernards said. The ones specified in
the construction plans were not tall enough to stop doors from
banging into walls, he said.
Bernards blames the poor acoustics in the multipurpose room on the
brick and glass design for that area, but he said, the design called
for those materials.
Jay Gudzin, assistant principal of athletics and activities, who
is the school’s liaison with the con- tractor, said any problems he
has encountered have been re- ported to Bernards Bros. con- struction
team and corrected.