The four elementary schools being rebuilt as a result of Hurricane Harvey are now scheduled to open in August 2020 — a three-month delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kolter, Braeburn, Mitchell, and Scarborough elementary schools were originally scheduled to open in June 2020.
HISD Construction Services Officer Derrick Sanders said the new timeline is a result of manpower shortages caused by mandated social distancing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We know these four school communities are eager to move into their new schools,” Sanders said. “As we address these challenges, we will continue to work in a manner that ensures everyone’s health and safety while also resulting in schools that inspire pride in these communities.”
HISD trustees voted in December 2017 to rebuild the schools after facilities assessments found significant property damage, as well as a strong need to raise the elevation of the buildings to prevent potential future flood damage.
Each of the four projects calls for state-of-the-art facilities with open, brightly colored learning spaces, abundant natural light, and extended learning spaces throughout the building for student collaboration.
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