LOOGOOTEE – Construction workers toiled late into Monday night to complete the renovation project at Loogootee schools.

However, Superintendent Chip Mehaffey promised classes would begin Tuesday.

A back to school “meet and greet,” including a cookout, was canceled Monday night since construction work was not completed. At the July 18 school board meeting, Mehaffey had scheduled the event to provide an opportunity for parents and other members of the public to view the completed project.

Also, at the same meeting, Alan Knepp, with the Vincennes architectural firm Myszak & Palmer, assured school board members the renovation project would be completed on time. The first day of school had been pushed back one week on the corporation calendar to allow time for the work to be completed.

A couple plumbers standing outside the middle/high school Monday night said they had just completed work on the bathrooms earlier that day. They said work was expected to continue far into the night, but classes would begin in the morning.

In response to an email, Mehaffey said Monday night, “Every construction project has its problems that arise. Whether it’s roadways, county buildings, or school facilities, each project has its own limitations that must be addressed. So many areas of our renovation look amazing for our students and staff and community. We can’t wait to show off our new facilities to our students and families Tuesday morning.

“We can’t control what contractors get done. We are in the education business, not construction. We are looking forward to teaching our students in improved facilities at the start of school Tuesday morning.”

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