WOODBURY – Despite rumors that there will be a delayed opening to the 2018-19 school year, Region 14 interim superintendent of schools Christine Syriac said Thursday, Sept. 6 is still the intended first day of school.
In a letter emailed to Region 14 parents and guardians, Syriac said she knows that there are many rumors circulating that due to the Nonnewaug High School construction project that the opening will be delayed.
“This morning I took a walk through the high school building and met with many of the lead people on
the project,” Syriac wrote. “They have assured the high school principal [Julie Luby] and me that we will be ready.”
Syriac noted that there have been challenges this summer, excessive heat and torrential rain, yet the work continued and progress is being made day by day.
“Great things are happening and we will have an outstanding high school facility at its final completion,” Syriac wrote. “This year our teachers, staff and students will continue to learn in an environment that is ever changing
and may not be picture perfect at every moment.”
In February, then-superintendent of school Dr. Anna Cutaia announced that the 2018-19 school year will begin on Sept. 6, which is one week later than usual, to help accommodate renovation work at Nonnewaug High School.
The $63.8-million project is estimated to be completed by January of 2020.
O&G Industries, which is overseeing the project, tweeted this update on Tuesday:
Progress continues at Nonnewaug ahead of the first day of school! Today, crews are paving the parking lot and entrances. pic.twitter.com/wAzSX6G9tk
— O&G Industries (@ogindustries) August 28, 2018