New Construction

Construction Delays First Day of Classes at Nebraska Elementary School

Ada Robinson Elementary School in Lincoln, Neb., had its first day of school on Monday, August 29—two weeks later than planned. The newly built elementary school was originally scheduled to open its doors to students on August 15, but construction delays forced the district to reconsider, according to local news.

On Friday, August 5, just hours after a media tour of the new facility, Superintendent Paul Gausman sent a letter to parents announcing the decision. “Out of an abundance of caution, I do not feel we will be ready to safely open the school building to students on August 15,” he said in the letter. “In order to ensure the safety of all our staff and students, we need to allow the construction team extra time to finish the core areas.”

One wing of the school is still under construction even after the building’s opening, as well as the playground and an open outdoor grassy area, local news reports. These final projects were always intended to continue through the fall, said Lincoln Public Schools.

“We knew when the project started that Robinson always faced a tight and challenging construction timeline amid a global pandemic which caused supply chain challenges and labor shortages,” said Gausman.

The district also announced that, in order to make up the lost time and meet instructional time requirements, the school day will be extended by 17 minutes for the remainder of the school year. Also, it will not offer an early release for the first week of school, unlike all the other schools in the district.

The new facility covers about 85,000 square feet and has capacity for 528 students, according to the district website. About 290 students are projected to attend during the first year. The PreK–5 facility was named after longtime respected district teacher Ada Robinson, who surprised students and staff on the first day of school to welcome them to their new home.

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