HIGH POINT, N.C. – Basketball players at High Point Central High School will have to a just little bit longer before the completion of the school’s new gym.
High Point Central was promised a completed gym last year because of complications the project isn’t expected to be complete until mid-December.
“Let’s just hurry up and get it done,” said Carolyn York, who has a daughter on the basketball team.
A contractor from Charlotte was fired and a new contractor took over the project, delaying construction.
Last year the school’s basketball teams had to play their games at Southwest Guilford High School, this year it’s the same.
“The facility should be ready by mid-December but if it’s not, we are prepared to go on into January and February,” explained Bob Christina, principal at High Point Central.
Last year’s seniors didn’t get to play a single game on their home court.
“They don’t have the student turnout like they would have because some of the kids would have come straight from school to the games… [now] they don’t have transportation to the games,” explained York.
Guilford County voters approved work on the project as a part of a school bond back in 2008.
The new facility will have new locker rooms, ticket booths, and a multipurpose room.
“I know with construction projects… there are often delays but delays this long?” asked Debbie Smothers, a High Point Central parent. “It has inconvenienced the students and the coach for this long… [it’s] a bit frustrating.”
The floor will be resurfaced sometime during summer break.
High Point Central will play their game against Andrews High at High Point University on November 30.