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Garfield Messenger Covers the School’s Still-Incomplete Remodel


The Garfield Messenger recently published a feature chronicling the many delays, problems and miscommunications that have left the school with a building that is still under construction after four years of work.

Sitting in the Garfield counseling office, Ken Courtney points to spots of mud spattered on his window. “See this? This is left over from work they did two years ago. There are two switches in the counseling office that have never 

worked, and we can’t turn the lights off. I don’t believe Garfield will ever be finished,” he says.

The beginning of the next school year will mark Garfield’s second anniversary in the new building, yet construction is not yet complete. Random holes in the walls are still apparent, and the water fountains still run warm on occasion. Contractors can still be seen flitting around the school on a regular basis, and the list of teacher complaints with the building spans nine pages and hundreds of entries.

The rest of the article can be found at and tells a tale of the mismanagement and communication failures seen throughout the project.

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