The Dover Elementary School construction project is several weeks behind schedule as the start of the new school year approaches.
Work is still being done on the elementary school's library, music room and offices, but classrooms will be done for students when school opens, said David Nelson, the district's facility manager.
He said the school will have an occupancy permit prior to Tuesday, Aug. 28, the first day of school for elementary students.
Superintendent Robert Krantz said the project should be completed at the end of September. The $16 million renovation includes expansion of classroom space and the separation of parent and bus traffic.
Minor issue: Since the instructional space will be mostly ready in time, it shouldn't be a huge issue. Art and music instruction, for example, will be given in the students' main classrooms, he said.
Krantz pointed out this is the first time Dover will have a full-time art teacher and a full-time music teacher for each elementary school. The district is switching to a K-6 grade alignment for its elementaries this year.
Nelson said he visits the sites several times a day, including on weekends, to make sure contractors are making progress.
Teachers will be able to get into the building Aug. 20 to set up their classrooms, though some areas outside the rooms will not be completed, Nelson said.