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UPDATE: Anamosa Middle School passes inspection


The Anamosa Community School District has been forced to delay the start of classes at Anamosa Middle School due to building inspection delays at the new building.

Classes were scheduled to start on Wednesday, but have been postponed to Monday, August 27.  Elementary and high school classes will begin on Wednesday as scheduled.

"The teachers would probably say we need plenty of time to make sure we're ready," said Brian Ney, Superintendent.  "We want to make sure we have a good start to this building. I'm sure there are parents that frustrated that they have to provide three more days of daycare for their students."

The district hoped to have their first inspection at the end of July but the inspector was on vacation then so it got pushed back a week.

"They gave us access to the school building to move in furniture, file cabinets, things like that," said Ney.  "But they said 'You can't quite move in paper goods, you can't have teachers in the building, you can't have students in the building, can't have the public in the building.'"

Then there was miscommunication with the fire marshal, a three day inspection delay.  Now the final inspection is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, which was too late for students to start Wednesday morning.  It could have been worse.

"We're about 10 weeks ahead of where a normal schedule would be on this building," said Ney.   "We had a fantastic winter and that made a huge difference in our construction schedule."

The school is just about finished in most areas, minus some final touches like getting the Wi-Fi and phone systems up and running.

"I call it spit and polish that needs to be done yet, which will be done by the contractors working around the students and without interfering with the students over the course of the next several weeks," said Ney.

Some some instructors, like the gym teachers, will have to get creative.  The new gymnasium won't be done for a few months.

The school passed its inspection Wednesday afternoon.

Ney says students will not miss out on any instruction time due to the delays.  The district will add 13 hours of classroom time throughout the course of the school year.

An open house for parents and students will be held at the new Anamosa Middle School on Thursday, August 23 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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