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BoE suing over field issues
Stadium architect being asked for $250,000
Last summer the turf on Donell Woods Stadium had to be torn up and replaced to repair drainage problems. - photo by Courier file photo
The Liberty County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to take legal action against James
W. Buckley and Associates in an effort to collect approximately $250,000 for problems with Liberty County High School’s Donell Woods Stadium.
“The money the board is seeking is for the work that was required to make the field satisfactory including the re-design, re-installation of the irrigation/drainage system and the re-grassing of the field,” Superintendent Dr. Judy Scherer said.
Over the summer, the board hired Titan Gold Services to conduct about $300,000 worth of renovations to the field, which was designed by James W. Buckley and Associates. Ellis Wood Contracting, which was also involved with the initial project, kicked in about $50,000, leaving the BoE to pick up the rest.
Craig Buckley, with Buckley and Associates, said as of yesterday he hadn’t been notified of any legal action, but is now seeking advice from his attorney.
“I obviously disagree,” Buckley said. “We’re trying to straighten this all out.”
The BoE, which has a separate contract with the architectural firm to complete the last phase of the Bradwell Institute construction, is still trying to work out the details of that project.
“The Bradwell Institute project is totally separate from the LCHS projects. At this point, James W. Buckley and Associates has chosen not to sign the contract for the BI phase IV renovation project,” Scherer said. “Without the contract being signed by both James W. Buckley and Associates and the Liberty County Board of Education, we cannot proceed. If we are unable to reach an agreement with James W. Buckley and Associates regarding a contract for this project, we would then select another architect for that particular project.”
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