Construction woes delay first day of school for Maryville Elementary in Bullitt County
A failed test kept kids away from Maryville Elementary School and someone will be paying the price.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- About 13,000 kids hit the books again today in Bullitt County -- but students from one school could not go back to class. A failed test kept kids away from Maryville Elementary School and someone will be paying the price.
Bailee McAllister landed a few more days of summer though he's not exactly happy about it.
"I'm going into fourth grade," McAllister said.
"I was kind of upset a little bit...because I wanted to go back to school, but they told me to go Monday," he added.
The 9-year-old's school is in the middle of a construction zone. Bullitt County is basically rebuilding Maryville Elementary. Contractors stripped it down to the studs, put in new classrooms and new technology.
"What happened was the contractor got a little behind -- particularly the plumbing contractor," said Bullitt County Schools Superintendent Keith Davis. "On Sunday, while I was there, they were supposed to be setting up toilet fixtures and they didn't show up until Monday."
Pressing until the last minute, the plumbing failed a Health Department test. We're told the school's restrooms didn't work. By the time it was fixed, it was too late for code inspectors to sign off on the construction.
Parents of 370 students got word of the delay at 7 p.m. on the night before school.
"It's extremely inconvenient for parents, and as a parent, I understand that, but...nothing happens with students in the building until everything is right," said Davis.
The district is working to recoup some of the $6 million it is paying to the Parco Construction Group.
Building will continue even after kids return to school. Construction lasts through December. The gym is not finished and neither is the kitchen.
"There would have to be some repercussions because this is not just a minor delay," said Davis. "This is a major inconvenience."
The school system has cleared the necessary requirements to open as of today, but it is keeping its plan to open the school on Monday, allowing for additional cleanup and to avoid confusion for parents.
"Sometimes things just don't work out the way you want them to, and this is one of those times," said Davis.
"I hope they don't make the kids make this up because it's not their fault," Asbury said. "I think it should be rolled off."
As for Bailey, he says he's trying to make the best of it.
"I am trying to play the best I can before it starts to rain," he said.
There are three options to make up the time. The state could wave the days altogether, the school could add minutes to each school day, or tack on time at the end of the year.
No decision has been made.
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