DALE CO., AL, (WSFA) - Construction workers and students reported to South Dale Middle School in Dale County for the first day of school Friday.
Renovation work that started at the end of last school year continues on the school. The superintendent says the delays are a combination of surprise issues that popped up during the renovation of an older building, as well as inclement weather.
The renovation work has temporarily displaced half of the students. Seventh and eighth graders are housed on the campus while fifth graders report to Midland City Elementary. Sixth graders are being bussed from South Dale after breakfast to Newton Elementary and bused back in the afternoon.
Principal Bucky Sconyers said there were some first-day jitters about making sure everything went smoothly, but in the end it did, "just making sure the school was ready for the seventh and eighth graders, getting our students to Newton Elementary," he said. "With communication back and forth with the other principals and our central office did a great job helping out."
Most parents said even with students moving around, they weren't concerned.
"We just told her she would be doing a lot of riding," Adrian Boyett, grandfather of a sixth grader, explained.
Sconyers said sixth-grade buses will depart at 7:46 in the morning and return at 1:45 in the afternoon. If a child misses the morning bus, their parent will have to drop them off at Newton Elementary.
Sconyers, along with the assistant principal, will also visit the other school locations.
"Our assistant principal will start every morning at Midland City Elementary School. She was over there at the beginning of last year, so the kids know her.
Around 10 a.m., I will go over there and meet the kids, talk to the kids, and help the teachers," said Sconyers.
There is visible construction progress on the outside of the school building since our last report - including new windows and stucco. There is no date set for when the renovation will be complete.
The timeline for completion is anywhere between the second and eighth week of school, according to the superintendent.