First day of school pushed back for McLean County students

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McLean CO, Ky (WEHT)– August 25 will be the first day of school for McLean County Public Schools. Students were supposed to go back to school next Wednesday, but Superintendent Tommy Burrough says due to unforeseen construction issues at Calhoun Elementary School, that won’t be possible.

Over the summer, construction crews have been replacing the HVAC air system in Calhoun Elementary School. Burrough says due to the humidity these past couple of weeks, the glue under the tile in the some hallways and rooms have leaked through the cracks.

To adjust the school calendar. The first day of school for students will be Wednesday, August 25. The new school schedule will not change Fall Break (October 4-8) and Spring Break (April 4-8).

It says the first day of school is on August 11th on the sign at Calhoun Elementary. But McLean County Public School officials say that date is changing because of construction issues at the school that will not be resolved by then.

“When you have construction projects, there are just those unforeseen things that come up and cause issues sometimes,” says Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Ashley Troutman. He also says the unforeseen thing leading to the delay was glue from the floors surfacing through cracks in parts of Calhoun Elementary, leading to more extensive stripping and waxing of floors. It happened during replacement of the school’s HVAC systems, while the air was turned off during the humid summer. Troutman says the floor problems were discovered a little more than a week ago.

“Humidity levels rose causing the floor tiles, some of the glue from underneath started seeping through the cracks. So, it was going to take even a little longer than it would have had their not been a construction project,” he explained.

Troutman says they delayed the start for all schools to keep all students on the same page and didn’t want to use non-traditional learning days.

“Obviously, some districts use NTI days, but those days are really meant for shutting down the whole district. It’s not meant for shutting down one school,” he said.

“I think it’s a better idea. It’s not right for some schools to have to go in the heat, and some schools not go. They should all go on the same day,” added Judy Logsdon of Sacramento, Kentucky.

Troutman also says they could have waited another few days, but wanted to give parents time to set up back-up child care for those two weeks. Asst. Superintendent Troutman adds the rest of the school calendar for this year, including Fall and Spring Break and the end of the school year, will not be affected so far.

(This story was originally published on August 3, 2021)

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