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MNPS officials: John Overton High School to open 2 days late

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Classes are delayed two days for students at John Overton High School after construction on a $40 million renovation fell behind.

About 2,000 students and 165 staff members are expected to return for class next Wednesday, two days later than the rest of Metro Nashville Public Schools.

"I think it's frustrating for me because I'm the vice president of my sophomore class, so I'm ready to get back to plan stuff for my sophomore class and just help the school out," said Austin Krech, an Overton High School student.

Metro Schools said construction crews worked for nine weeks this summer trying to finish up by the first day of school, but that didn't happen.

"Yes, there are penalties, but I think in this case they have met their contractual obligations," said David Proffitt, the director of planning and construction.

The city's construction boom made the job tougher.

"It's no surprise to anybody in this industry that the Nashville economy, especially in the construction market, has a drain on skilled tradesmen. So that just increases the challenge," said Harold Brewer, of American Constructors, the company completing the renovations.

There are walls, windows, concrete and much more needed inside and out.

Parents said the delay is frustrating, and they hope the work won't be too distracting for students.

"It's necessary for us to go through this for the end result. But it does look like there's a lot still left to do," said parent Lori Driggs.

Metro Schools said construction shouldn't disrupt students during the school year. The major work left inside is scheduled for nights and weekends, according to the construction manager. Brewer said all 54 classrooms will be ready by Wednesday.

Students will make up these two days during the winter testing window in December. Students will need to attend full days of class instead of half days from Dec. 12 through Dec. 15.

"This is a decision we had hoped to not have to make. We recognize this is an inconvenience and disappointment to our families, but we feel this is in the best interest of our students and faculty to start the school year in the best way. These renovations support comprehensive programs designed to develop graduates who are ready for college, careers and life and we’re confident we will have a great school year starting Wednesday, Aug. 9," said the school district in a news release.

Renovations are set to be completed by next August.

Click here to learn more about the construction project.

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