NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro-Nashville Public Schools leaders announced on Friday that John Overton high school will open for its first day of school for students on Wednesday, August 9 instead of Monday.
The superintendent said that after a final walk-through on Thursday he felt the school would not be ready in time for Overton staff to enter and prepare their learning spaces for the first day of school.
“Those two days will give teachers that time needed to set up. I do realize this can be an inconvenience for families, and I do apologize for that,” said Director of Schools Dr. Shawn Joseph.
Mother Tiffany Krech has two children who attend John Overton High School. She told News 2 she had her doubts on whether the school would be ready for students to attend classes on Monday.
“Not to be ugly, but I kind of anticipated it. We were driving by constantly, seeing things and noticed that it didn’t look like it was getting completed,” said Krech.
This summer Overton High School was working to complete Phase II of a two-year $40 million renovation project to upgrade nearly every inch of the 14-acre campus.
“I am kind of frustrated because I am the vice president of the sophomore class. So, I am ready to get back and plan big things for my class, just for all the students, but knowing we won’t be able to go back for two days and then just in December will have to go back for full days,” said student Austin Krech.
Students will make up the two missed days December 12 through 15. Those will now be full days for Overton High School students; they were previously scheduled as half days.
The school says construction crews will be on site around the clock to make sure the building is ready for staff on Monday and students on Wednesday, August 9.