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Flooring flunks board test at Caroline County school, but fix will have to wait
The new flooring in the cafeteria and hallways at the renovated Bowling Green Primary School in Caroline County are not quite what the School Board envisioned, but the do-over will have to wait a year.
What the board members wanted to see resembled a terrazzo floor, which features a sprinkling of marble, quartz, glass or other suitable chips. But what they ended up with wasn’t smooth or glossy enough and repair efforts weren’t good enough either.
The flooring was to be part of a $10 million expansion at the school, which serves pre-K through second-graders now and will make room for the third-, fourth- and fifth-graders currently attending Bowling Green Elementary School just down the street.
The flooring is the biggest disappointment so far.
At last Monday’s School Board meeting, the board voted to specify that the glass-embedded concrete floors would wait until the end of the school year to have them fixed correctly.
The board approved paying Loughridge, the general contractor for the project, $149,80.30. This is a change from last month, when the School Board withheld payments.
The renovation was supposed to be completed by July 15, but that deadline has come and gone.
The flooring repairs will postponed until next summer because concrete floors must set for 28 days before they can withstand foot traffic, so there isn’t enough time to remove, repour and have them ready for the start of school Sept. 3.
In the meantime, the floors will be made usable in time for school.
“They’ll just be going to school on concrete floors that are not very smooth and shiny,” School Board member Mary Anderson said.
“It’s safe, it’s just not beautiful,” she said.
The issue with the floors, while ultimately Loughridge’s responsibility, came down to a problem with a subcontractor, which was not identified.
Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413