The extremely high humidity and rainy weather we’ve experienced over this summer – and specifically during August – has delayed the opening of the new Collins Lane Elementary School.
The high level of humidity in the building’s new concrete floors has made it impossible to lay floor tile. This means work crews will have to wait until the humidity and the related amount of moisture in the concrete floors drops, which may take several weeks.
Plans had called for FCS staff to move into the new building during fall break, with students occupying the building on Monday, Oct. 8. However, the opening will need to be delayed, with the hope of moving in over Winter Break. FCS staff are working closely with the general contractor, Wehr Constructors, Inc., to identify a new move-in date.
FCS Supt. Mark Kopp said the delay is unfortunate but unavoidable. “We’ve had one of the wettest and most humid summers in history,” he said. “Some things – like the weather - are out of our control. Wehr Constructors has done everything they can to meet our timeline, but this is one of those things we – and they – can’t control.”