Construction problems rectified at Miami-Yoder school

October 01, 2012 11:50 AM


The new school complex at Miami-Yoder School District JT60 has received state certification that it is safe for students after repairs were made to correct construction problems.

It was one of 15 schools in the state built by Neenan Company that required repairs in light of safety concerns.

“We are happy and moving ahead. Even the walls were painted and furniture put back in,” said Miami-Yoder Superintendent Rick Walter. There was no cost to the district for the repairs, and the work is under warranty.

The school opened in January 2010 and problems were found after a review last December.

The repair work included bracing the interior walls and ceiling in taller portions of the building, Walter said. The work was done over the summer when there were no classes and was completed in August.

The Colorado Department of Education requested the work, and the Department of Public Safety last month certified the repairs.

The 82,000-square-foot Miami-Yoder complex includes both new construction and renovated space that houses 325 students kindergarten through 12th grade. It had been made possible by an $18.1 million BEST grant, a $2 million bond and an old capital construction grant. It includes a middle school, gym, cafeteria, library, special-education facilities, music center and wing for vocational classes.

Repair work was done on 15 schools statewide, including 14 that received more than $150 million in grants from the state’s BEST program (Building Excellent Schools Today). The BEST program was created to repair or replace crumbling schools, particularly in rural areas where budgets are small.

The company said last year that it relied on work by an engineer who was later fired.

Neenan President Randy Myers said the company “took full responsibility for the structural enhancements and the district did not incur any costs resulting from original structural design errors.” The repairs were developed by a third-party engineering firm.

Cost of the repairs were not made public.

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