2006-08-09 / Front Page

School will be ready for first day

Cosby High School races the clock to completion
By Greg Pearson

The new Cosby High School is running more than a month behind its construction schedule, but acting Superintendent Kathy Kitchen says the school will open on time and be ready for students on September 5. Currently, the administrative staff is working in part of the school building that has already received its occupancy permit.

"The administrative staff and guidance people are in working, and the custodial people are doing the floors," said Kitchen. "You will see a flurry of activity as they bring it to a close. I expect the building to be ready when the teachers return on August 28."

The agreement with First Choice Public Private Partners specified that "substantial completion" was to be accomplished by July 1. Kitchen expected that to occur next week.

Without occupancy permits, some recent activities originally scheduled for Cosby were moved elsewhere. Flag practice was rescheduled for Manchester High School, and the Band Booster meeting moved to Chesterfield Baptist Church.

"We're anticipating getting the county inspections done this week," said Bill Bridgforth, the school system's director of construction.

After Cosby opens, the school system and First Choice will discuss whether the construction company will be subject to fines. The number of rain dates will be calculated as a mitigating condition.

The construction agreement specifies a $1,250 fine for each missed calendar day during July, $2,000 for each August day and $3,500 per day in September.

Road extensions to Fox Club Parkway and Village Square Parkway are expected to open later this month after passing the Virginia Department of Transportation's inspection. Chesterfield Resident Engineer Dale Totten said those extensions need line stripping and "more clean up, but that won't be a problem."

The Foxcroft community asked for the opening of the Fox Club Parkway extension to be delayed until closer to the opening of the school because of the increased traffic through its neighborhood.

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