Bad weather has delayed construction on the new Findlay Elementary School.
White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said the building may not open by the start of next school year.
“The start of the school year is a little bit in question due to the rain and lack of progress, but crews are hopeful that they will be able to make up those days with some dry weather,” Dronebarger said. “We’ll just have to see….if the summer progresses and if work progresses….if we actually make that start date.”
Dronebarger said the move-in date will likely occur during fall break.
“There is some advantages and disadvantages to that. Obviously, the disadvantage is you don’t start the new year in the new school,” Dronebarger said. “Logistically it may be a little bit better for us because teachers will have time to move things to the new building periodically to the new school across the street.”
Dronebarger said crews have made lots of progress on the building, despite the weather delays.
“About three-fourths of the roof is completed and you can actually see the shell of the school,” Dronebarger said. “They are still working on the last wing of the classrooms, but the gym and cafeteria infrastructure is there.”
Dronebarger said the old Findlay will eventually house central office, the alternative school, and adult-ed programs.
The school system broke ground on the $10 million school in April of 2018.