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Council not responsible for delays

In an interview with Tracey Tunstall, Director of Federal Programs and current Interim Superintendent of Colonial Beach Schools, Journal Press learned that elementary school move delays, originally anticipated, are not the result of the CB Town Council.

Tunstall stated that the school move is currently moving forward and that a contract between the school system and Trinity Builders had come back from the school’s attorney for review and was signed on Monday morning by Tim Trivett, who was previously given authority to do so by resolution. Trinity Builders was awarded the contract to perform relocation tasks for the elementary school by resolution in June.  

A lease contract with Mobile Modular to lease the mod pods has already been approved by the board and signed, as well.

Tunstall said that the school board needs no action from the council, and “The project has never been delayed by the council.” The board was waiting for Mobile Modular.

Tunstall stated it was not clear if Mobile Modular could deliver the needed units for the elementary school campus project in time for students to start the new school year in their new location. However, David Etzel, project manager for Mobile Modular met with Tunstall and CB Elementary School Principal Mary Fisher to discuss the interior design last week. Tunstall said last Thursday, July 10, “That design has been forwarded to the warehouse for production.”

Etzel first thought the project would be delayed; “However,” Tunstall said, “We have better news than that.”

Etzel has told Tunstall that the units will be delivered in August rather than in September. Tunstall said he did not give an exact date in August, but it would not be the three-week delay originally anticipated.

Tunstall said the school is still at the mercy of Dominion Power and Verizon for service connections, numerous inspections and weather, but she is optimistic if there is a delay, it will be short-lived.

School is slated to begin September 2, according to the 2014-2015 school year calendar approved on April 9.

If the elementary school is not ready on time, some of the contingency plans include staggered schedules for younger and older students, which Tunstall said is quite unpopular, and another is sharing classrooms. Tunstall said, “Although possible, it would be crowded. Lastly, the board has mentioned alternating school days, but nothing has been voted on yet.

Everyone involved is committed to getting those kids in their new school on time, according to Tunstall.

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