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Aug 12, 2014 10:32 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

School Off To A Slow Start At Robstown High School

CORPUS CHRISTI - If the first day of school is supposed to be easy, Robstown High School certainly met that standard.

But what some consider easy, others are calling a fiasco.

On the first day of school at RHS this week, the students never made it to their classrooms or met their teachers or signed out textbooks.

They just watched movies.

Parent Joanna Ramos says, "Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors were all in the auditorium yesterday, the whole school basically."

Amy Lerma was pretty frustrated when her daughter, a senior, told her what they did.

"To go the first day and sit in an auditorium all day long and watch a movie? They could do that at home," she said.

Lerma believes the district should have been better prepared.

Parents didn't get much of an explanation, only that their kids' schedules weren't ready.

"That's just wrong," says Lerma.

The cafeteria was also closed, so students were instead given sandwiches, but the sandwiches weren't very popular.

"The wheat bread was very hard, like it was old, so she didn't eat it. Her and a couple of her other friends didn't eat their lunch," said parent Cindy Bryant.

Superintendent Maria Vidaurri told KRIS 6 News two weeks ago that students would need to be patient this year due to all the construction on campus.

Crews are working 24 hours a day to tear down old wings and build new ones, as part of a multimillion dollar bond project approved by voters.

However, despite repeated attempts to contact her Tuesday, Vidaurri never explained what happened on Monday that forced students to spend the day in the auditorium.

Students say everything was back to normal on Tuesday, and parents hope it stays that way.

Over the last few weeks, construction has knocked out the phone lines and even water lines at the campus, but we're told those things are back up and running.

There was also a concern that some students at the high school would have to attend classes at Salazar Elementary, due to a lack of available classroom space at the high school, but only one technology class will have to be at Salazar.

The staff at the high school was able to convert a lot of general space into classroom space to allow everyone else to remain on campus.

The construction work is expected to last another 9 to 12 months.

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