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Kearney Public School leaders detail ongoing construction issues with new high school

Kearney Public School (KPS) leaders say there are issues plaguing its brand new high school facility. (NTV)

Kearney Public School (KPS) leaders say there are issues plaguing its brand new high school facility.

It was just over a year ago when Kearney High School held a ribbon cutting, celebrating its opening. Now, district leaders are considering taking legal action because of problems following construction.

According to information presented during the KPS School Board meeting, the district first noticed problems with the parking lot soon after it was poured. It says currently 37 percent of the parking is failing, with large sections of the paving showing heavy cracking or soil inclusion.

Also a concern, the district says the water-proofing membrane on the roof-top plaza was improperly installed, resulting in leaks and water damage.

The new facility also has multiple drainage issues. KPS tells NTV News it has spent $47,000 to replace sidewalks to correct drainage problems.

Presently, a decision has not been made on whether or not the district will take these concerns to court. Kearney Public Schools says it cannot comment on the problems with the school at this time, since this matter could be litigated.

KPS says it has brought these concerns to the company that headed up construction, Sampson Construction. The district has also contracted Vector Commissioning, for $50,000, to ensure that other items were installed correctly and are running efficiently. To date, KPS says Vector Commissioning has found 160 items that need to be addressed.

NTV asked Sampson Construction about these problems. Joe Sampson, the president of the company, released the following statement:

"We have the utmost respect for Kearney Public Schools, its board, administration, staff, students, and the Kearney community. We are working with KPS, the design team, and our subcontractors to resolve any outstanding issues. I can assure the KPS community that Sampson will continue to stand behind its work."

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