Lame Deer School moving forward to resolve construction debacle

Here, from Indianz.  An excerpt:

LAME DEER, Mont. — In the last six months the Lame Deer Public Schools Board of Trustees, Administration and staff has had their hands full – dealing with an unfinished multi-million federally funded construction project to expand and improve that district’s elementary school.

“It has been a slow process, trying to get to the bottom of the problems,” reported Robert McLean, Board Chairman. “Yet, we are moving forward, hoping to finish such basics as the elementary cafeteria and kitchen by January, 2015. The final goal of completing the construction project is within sight, probably a year or two from now.” McLean also noted that attorneys for the School and DPS-Small Construction are in discussion trying to resolve outstanding issues.

“The Board has not heard from DPS-Small Construction regarding code and construction deficiencies and the unfinished and over budget project,” he said. “So, we don’t know about the intentions of that contractor. That is why we are moving forward with other professionals, including a forensic auditor regarding the finances on the project. The School District requested that DPS/Small turn over financial records related to the project. Failing that, the Board determined to request a forensic on the construction project. The results of that audit will determine what funds were spent on Phase I; what, if any, money is left from Phase I and who is liable for over-expenditures on that phase. Now, we have to figure out how to complete Phase 1 and then Phase 11.”

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