Classes Begin Monday for FWCS, Construction Continues (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

August 13, 2013 Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 6:24 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – Classes for Fort Wayne Community Schools start Monday August 19th, but for some students it'll be done under a cloud of dust. Renovations to a number of schools and buildings throughout the district continue.

FWCS officials say all of their current projects are going according to plan, including the $8.5 million dollar renovation of Harrison Hill Elementary as well as the $22 million dollar renovation of Snider High School.

Darren Hess, Director of Facilities for FWCS reassures parents that despite projects not being completed when their doors open, all schools will still be ready for both students and parents come Monday.

“All the projects that we had started this summer in the phases that we intended on getting completed will be completed, and we'll move into the second phases.”

Hess says despite the mess, they are not anticipating any major setbacks.

“The only issue that they are going to have probably is just seeing work going on as they drop kids off and picking them up at the end of the day. They'll start seeing from day-to-day just little differences in the work."

To help avoid distractions and interruptions to the classrooms once school begins, most construction will move to second shift. The only exception to this will be the work at Snider High School which will have to continue to be done throughout the day. But even then, Hess says the contractors and students will be separated to avoid potential issues.

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