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BG law firm hired to resolve ACPC Geo-Thermal issues

Adair Bd. of Education wrestling with ACPC geo-thermal installation problems. Ballpark estimate of the cost to correct leaks is in the $1.4 million range, lead attorney says. Supt. Reed thinks district will be fully compensated for problems. Material equipment, is still in warranty period, he said.
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By Ed Waggener

Following the executive session at the 8amCT, Friday, March 14, 2014, Special Called School Board meeting, LaJuana Wilcher, attorney for English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley (ELPO) said that in the meeting, school board members had been given a briefing on possible legal action in regard to the geo-thermal installation at the Adair County Primary Center. She said the scope of the problem could be in the $1.4 million range, and that, at present, the issue is in the negotiating stage, and that legal action in court, not ruled out, might not be necessary.


The work was subcontracted to GBMC, a firm located in Southern Indiana. The general contractor the work was Branscum Construction of Russell Springs, and the building was designed by Sherman, Carter, Barnhart, architects. It was the first building on the campus designed by the firm, but a second building, a $1 million bus garage, now underway, was designed by the firm.

Wilcher said that the system has been leaking. She said that there has been no direct evidence that the leaks are tied to environmental problems at ACPC.

Supt. Reed was asked if the facility might be a "sick building," with health concerns for students found for many years in the current Adair County High School building before decades of costly remediation was undergone, and his answer was that it is not.

Supt. Reed said that he feels comfortable that the school board will be fully compensated for the repairs needed. "The system is still in warranty," he said.

Wilcher was accompanied by attorney Sara Johnson of ELPO.

See more about LaJuana Wilcher, the lead attorney, at elpolaw.com/LaJuana Wilcher, partner

The next regular Adair County School Board meeting is Thursday, March 19, 2015, at 6pmCT, at the conference room, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY. There is a brief agenda, but one of the items will be a report on Building & Grounds, by David Jones.


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