More than $100,000 worth of damage reported at Houston school construction site

alopez@macon.comApril 14, 2014 

PERRY -- When workers showed up to work early Saturday morning at the construction site for the new Langston Road Elementary School, they found hallway windows leading to classrooms broken, water fountains misshapen and toilets and urinals cracked by blunt force.

Greg Bennett of Parrish Construction told sheriff’s deputies he estimated damages of more than $100,000, according to a Houston County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

“We really don’t know the total extent of the damage until the subcontractors go in and get an estimate,” said Beth McLaughlin, Houston County schools spokeswoman. A follow-up to the initial estimate should be complete by the end of the week, she said. Bennett did not immediately return calls for comment.

“Based on what we know at this time, we anticipate that this school will open in time for the 2014-2015 school year,” McLaughlin said.

The damage happened between Friday night and Saturday morning at the elementary school building located at 315 Langston Road, the report stated. The building is valued at $14.2 million.

By Monday, all the building’s broken windows were repaired, but damage to toilets, urinals, water fountains and a group of bathroom sinks remained. An oven Bennett told deputies was worth $20,000 also was damaged.

Parrish Construction will be able to submit an estimate to its insurance company to cover losses, said Scott Hill, director of facilities for the Houston County Board of Education.

Hill said he would like the public’s help in solving the case.

“If anybody hears anything, please let us know,” he said.

To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 478-256-9751.

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