Public Invited to Hear Update on High Point Central Gym Project

Parents, students and members of the community are invited to learn more about progress on the High Point Central High gymnasium project. High Point Central will host a meeting in the old gym at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29. Guilford County Schools staff will provide details on the progress of the construction project, as well as plans for completion. The information session will include an update on replacing the gymnasium floor, a construction item approved at Guilford County Board of Education’s Oct. 9 meeting.

High Point Central’s gym is undergoing extensive renovations, including a new concession stand and ticket booth as well as a new multi-purpose room and renovated locker rooms and offices. Miles Builders was awarded the contract in April of 2011 and the building was scheduled to be ready for games in October of 2011. The Guilford County Board of Education terminated that contract in November 2011 after delays and reports the contractor was not paying subcontractors. In April 2012, the Board approved a replacement contractor, KMD Construction, which was selected by Miles Builders’ surety company. KMD Construction provided the district with a new date to occupy the facility of October 2012. That date has been pushed back and the district is working with the contractor on a new schedule.

Replacing the 56-year-old gym floor was not in the original project plans. During the course of construction, water damage warped some sections of the hardwood. Contractors are scheduled to repair the damage, but the floor will now be replaced as part of the overall project plans. The Board approved a preliminary estimate of $150,000 for the work. District and school staff are working with the contractor to schedule the floor replacement.

The boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball games were scheduled to be hosted by High Point Central, but were moved after district staff learned the gymnasium renovations would not be finished in time. High school athletic directors worked together to find new locations for High Point Central’s home basketball games, and moved all the games to Southwest Guilford High until the new year. Varsity games will be played in the new Coggins gym and junior varsity games will be held in the annex. Southwest Guilford High also hosted High Point Central’s basketball games last year. The athletic directors and other staff will continue to find additional locations for High Point Central’s home games in the new year, should that be needed.

High Point University generously volunteered its James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic/Convocation Center for High Point Central’s Nov. 30 game against Andrews High. The varsity girls’ game will tip off at 6 p.m. and the boys will take the floor at 7:30 p.m. High Point

Central staff is working with the university on additional details, including parking, tickets and concessions.