Students at the Florence-Carlton school district will return to class six days later than originally planned due to ongoing construction and other related delays.
The three school board members present at Tuesday’s meeting unanimously agreed with superintendent Brian Rayburn’s recommendation to delay the start of school until Monday, Sept. 13.
Cleaners are able to enter the building to prepare for the upcoming year on Aug. 23 as construction projects still linger. Other challenges, such as training staff to teach a new math curriculum as well as an updated student information system, prompted the delayed start.
“The construction crew has been outstanding in outsourcing the needed materials and subcontractors,” Rayburn said. “I believe that when the building is handed over to us we are getting more than was originally planned.”
About 90% of district staff are moving to new classrooms and will need additional time to set up their classrooms for the year. Several staff members are moving to temporary locations due to construction.
School was originally slated to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
It’s unclear how the delayed start to the year will impact the conclusion of the school year, which is scheduled for Friday, June 10. A recommendation from Rayburn will be discussed at the September board meeting.
The board also tabled the policies up for second reading, which includes the highly contentious debate surrounding student clubs.
Rayburn recommended that discussion be tabled as two board members were unable to attend the August meeting because they are responding to wildfires.
Discussion on the policies, including student clubs, student immunization, firearms and weapons, and several others, will resume at the board’s next meeting which is scheduled for Sept. 14.