Adair County Schools Begin

While many students in South Central Kentucky have been back in school for a few weeks, one area school is just starting.

Back in July, the Adair County School Board decided to postpone the start of school for two weeks until August 24 because the media center, cafeteria, and gym weren't completely finished at the new Adair County Elementary.

Then to give the teachers more time to get ready, it was decided the first day would be pushed back until August 28.

"We ran a little behind schedule, but when you look at the final product we're very pleased, very happy with everything,” said Darrell Treece, the superintendent.

"We still had some issues especially in the kitchen area. A lot of it was down to just getting the final inspection on things, completing the electrical and plumbing, and getting the certificate of occupancy, so we could be in the building and it just wasn't all coming together quite as soon as we'd like for it to,” said Treece.

The principal of the school says teachers were "chomping at the bit" to get into the school, so around ten days ago they let them start working on their classrooms.

"Two weeks ago today we didn't have people in this building. We had books on trucks and books in classrooms at our other schools,” said Robbie Harmon, the principal.

Harmon says seeing the kids reaction to their new school made it worth the wait.

"We're just very excited to have kids in this building and to have kids in this building and to be able to do what we do best and that's teach children,” said Harmon.

In order to make up the missed days, the students will be required to go to school for some of the days they were already scheduled to be off. The rest will be added onto the end of the school year.

Superintendent Treece says he, the school board, and the board attorney are still deciding if any legal action will be taken and against who since the school wasn't finished on time.

Venture Contracting told WBKO that crews began building on September 15 of last year and it took 50 weeks to complete the school.

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