A bungled building job at Highland Elementary School in Oakland, California that was slated for completion last fall is finally going to be finished this spring, Principal Barney Green told CFN.
A modular two-story classroom building equipped with an elevator and restrooms was partially erected on school grounds by California-based Modtech, Inc.
until its workers walked off the job.Green
said they discovered a potentially harmful mold in the unfinished building."The building was allowed to sit without a plastic covering and rain got inside the walls," he
said.After a local court ordered that Modtech
remove wet or damaged walls and pay for new units, the job was again delayed."Workers were supposed to come during the winter break and weather put it off.Now the crane needed for putting up the building is delayed because the ground is saturated with water," said Green
also said that Modtech
is supposed to begin work again in April and finish by August.In the meantime, "There's a fence around the property where the kids usually have recess and it's inconvenient," he
explained."Students in some buildings have to walk on a sidewalk outside the campus to use the restrooms," he
said.Some of Highland's 700 students are in portable office spaces that have them "packed on top of each other."
"We're still in a mess," said Green
."It's a frustrating situation for everyone.