The Akron Public Schools board says problems with part of the King Community Learning Center construction project could push that school's opening back even further.
The APS board voted Monday night to authorize superintendent David James to end part or all of the general trades contract with Hudson's Giambrone Construction.
Board president Jason Haas says that the district and its architect have found a vapor barrier applied to the outside of the new King CLC is defective.
"Our team has investigated and determined that it has not been applied correctly," Haas tells AkronNewsNow.com, "and therefore there's a chance of moisture entering the barrier and causing mold and mildew problems in the school."
Haas says Giambrone will get one more chance to come up with a plan to fix the problem this week. Then, the district could remove the firm from the vapor barrier part of the contract, or more.
But he says the concern is that the opening day for King could be pushed back even further.
King was set to be done in July to open in the upcoming school year.
Haas says the earliest completion date right now would be October, with a January opening for King if they use the winter break to move the school.
Haas told reporters that he's worried that with the time needed to deal with the issue, King CLC may not see students this entire upcoming school year.
In other business, the Akron district says 57 students have met the guidelines set up by the University of Akron and the district for the scholarship funded by the sale of the former Central Hower High School.
School officials tell AkronNewsNow that all the students have to do is say they want to go for the scholarship.
But officials hope about half of those eligible could go for it...with the distinct possibility they'll have other, competitive offers.
26 students entered the first phase of the "Innovation Generation" program before it was officially approved.