School debut delayed
WESLEY CHAPEL - Students and parents will have to wait a bit longer than expected to start classes inside one of Pasco County's newest schools. New River Elementary, on Wells Road in Wesley Chapel, had a target opening date of Jan. 7, 2008. But first it had troubles with wetlands replacement permitting. (The subdivision developer didn't do it on time.) Then it couldn't access the main road to the site.
So now the school won't have its new digs until mid-February, new construction director John Petrashek tells the Gradebook. "The construction manager did not want to accept the responsibility of the accelerated schedule," Petrashek says, noting that the plan originally called for a 12-month period to get the school built. Work didn't begin until April.
New River principal Lynn Pabst says the delay hasn't bothered parents or school staff, mostly because the district warned them well in advance. Plus, they didn't expect the new school to be ready for the first day of classes, anyway. The students will attend school in portables behind Sand Pine Elementary until the new campus is ready. "Things are coming along," Pabst says. "February is great."