Construction delays at Moscow schools could extend summer



Posted on August 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 15 at 5:15 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho— Construction project could expand summer vacation for kids in Moscow. Construction took longer than expected at several schools. The issue could affect all students in the Moscow School District, but there is a catch. The longer summer could shorten Thanksgiving break.

Classes were originally set to start August 26. However, district leaders could delay the first day of school by two weeks.

Contractors informed Moscow school leaders at the end of July that construction would be done on time. But by mid-August, MSD leaders realized it would not be happening.

"Recently, we've been noticing that the renovation has been going a little bit slower than expected," said
Superintendent Greg Bailey.

On Friday, he recommended that school be delayed by one to two weeks.

"We feel we have to have a school setting that a is positive learning environment and safe for our students and our staff," added Bailey.

A one week delay would cut into Thanksgiving break according to Bailey. Students usually get the entire week of Thanksgiving off but could be forced to attend class three of those days.

A two week delay would extend school in the spring.

Bailey admitted in Friday that the situation is not ideal. And he realized it could force Moscow families to rearrange their schedules and vacations.

Bailey said bringing in portable units would not make sense given how short the delay is. The delay decision is not final. Superintendent Bailey will present these recommendations to the school board Monday evening.