Lincoln Public Schools delays opening of Ada Robinson Elementary

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A few hours after the media took a tour of Ada Robinson Elementary School, Lincoln Public Schools decided to delay the opening.

The school will not open on the first day of school on Aug. 15 but instead will be closed until Aug. 29.

In a letter to parents, Superintendent Paul Gausman said that after speaking to contractors and LPS staff, the district decided to delay.

“Out of an abundance of caution, I do not feel we will be ready to safely open the school building to students on August 15,” Gausman said in a letter.  “In order to ensure the safety of all our staff and students, we need to allow the construction team extra time to finish the core areas.”

To compensate for the missed days, Gausman said LPS would adjust the length of the school day.

“We knew when the project started that Robinson always faced a tight and challenging construction timeline amid a global pandemic which caused supply chain challenges and labor shortages,” Gausman said.

Gausman told Robinson parents that he knows the news is disappointing, but it was not the district’s intention to delay the start.

During the media tour, Principal Jeff Vercellino said the staff was excited to see it for the first time.  

“It was a lot of fun to watch our staff members as they came into each of their classrooms and realized where their workspaces were,” he said. “They were taking all types of pictures together.”  

A new open house is scheduled for Aug. 15 at the new elementary school in east Lincoln.

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