Construction delays start of school

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Students enrolled in Englewood schools can thank the district’s two major construction projects for being able to enjoy the longest summer vacation in recent history.

Englewood School District students wrapped up the 2012-13 school year on May 23. Usually, classes resume in mid-August but this year is a unique experience for students and their families because the new school year begins after Labor Day. This year, classes for middle school and high school students begin Sept. 3 and classes for elementary students begin Sept. 5.

“The school board approved delaying the start of school for all students until September in part because the contractors working on the new seventh- through 12th-grade campus on the high school site and working on the renovation of the middle school building asked us, if possible, to delay the start of school,” said Brian Ewert, school superintendent. “The contractors said they could get a lot more work done if the staff and students didn’t return to the building in the middle of August.”

The superintendent said the construction projects are in high gear, so the work remains on schedule.

“On any given day, there will be as many as 200 workers at the middle school and about the same number at the high school site,” Ewert said. “It is amazing they can coordinate all the different aspects of the project, from putting up drywall to creating the new entrances, going on at the same time. But it appears to be going smoothly and the project is moving along on schedule.”

He said the board considered delaying the start of school just for middle school and high school students.

“However, we had many parents of our students ask us to have school start at the same time for all students because they had children in elementary and secondary grades,” the superintendent said. “I think we made a lot of Englewood families happy when we agreed with their request.”

The school year begins Aug. 29 for faculty members with a breakfast and orientation meeting at the Englewood Middle School auditorium.

 

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