Construction delays local STEM campus' start of school

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Posted at 7:14 PM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 22:20:03-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi's School of Science and Technology students had their summer vacations extended by a few days.

The school, which relocates after being housed in the old H-E-B building at Saratoga and Everhart, was supposed to start classes in its new home tomorrow. But crews still are finishing up work to the elementary school building.

Officials here tell me 1,300 students from Pre-K to 12th grade are enrolled, with the number of students going up every year.

Nine-hundred students were expecting to have their first-ever school day on this campus tomorrow, but school officials tell me construction delays hampered the project enough that it won't be ready in time.

KRIS 6 News was at the campus today, and crews are still putting together classrooms alongside the teachers, and with the first day imminent, principal Annabelle Mendiola decided it just wasn't safe for students.

“We're just wanting to give the contractors enough time to get all of their equipment out of the building and get our cleaning crew in here to get everything ready for that first day," Mendiola said. "We want to make sure that the school is safe for our students, and that the students are comfortable." Mend

Despite the middle school/high school building next door being ready to go, all students will begin classes Monday.

Mendiola told KRIS 6 News parents were understanding when told of the delay.