At a regular school board meeting in February, the members of the old school board, which included Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Kevin Honnell and Nan Holmes, as well as current members Matt Williams and Jim Hall said goodbye to an old friend.
Those former members took part in one last official act, congratulating one of their unsung heroes off to other challenges.
David Wharram, the construction manager the board hired several years ago through Gerald Martin Ltd. to oversee over $40 million in construction on three schools, was officially dismissed from his role as construction manager.
Even though it was his job, board members at the meeting said they admired how Wharram through his years of school rebuilds unflinchingly delivered the good, the bad, and the ugly with his often lengthy updates of each construction project.
Whether it was about unexpected financial windfalls, missed deadlines, or accidents, Wharram was known for treating each report with a “just the facts” type of attitude which allowed the board to make the informed decisions it had to make to keep things on track without being distracted by a lot of drama.
Board members said Wharram’s no-nonsense style was also crucial to the school board since the projects were primarily funded by taxpayer money, as well as approved by taxpayers through ballot.