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USFK: Humphreys High School makes debut a semester late

Humphreys High School began its first formal day at Camp Humphreys, South Korea, on Jan. 1, 2014. The high school students had previously been held at the old elementary school as the high school finished its completion.

The new Humphreys High School opened its doors Wednesday, nearly five months after construction problems delayed its debut.

The facility is the first secondary school at Camp Humphreys, U.S. Forces Korea’s future flagship installation, and will house middle and high school grades until a new middle school is completed. The new Humphrey Central Elementary School opened last Aug. 26 as scheduled. Middle and high school students attended classes in the base’s old elementary school during the fall semester.

The military has refused to identify the construction problems that delayed the high school’s opening. However, a source with knowledge of the project told Stars and Stripes that some of the deficiencies were caused by translation problems between the U.S. military and contractor Samsung C&T Corp., and ranged from drains that allowed water to run on the kitchen floor to installation of fire detectors in refrigerators. The U.S. also failed to detect some mistakes during a pre-construction review of the contractor’s design plans, the source said.

The South Korean government paid $81.3 million for construction of the elementary and middle/high school facilities.

news@stripes.com

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