Never mind the rumors, LTUSD classes will start on time |

Never mind the rumors, LTUSD classes will start on time

Cory Fisher

Rumors, gossip, hearsay, scuttlebutt.

You may have heard it in local coffee shops or in the checkout line at the grocery store.

But it’s not true.

“Rumors are all over the place that our school construction projects will delay the opening of schools until late September or October,” said Lake Tahoe Unified School District Facilities Director Steve Morales. “It’s not true. We’re hustling, but we’re on schedule.”

Although unforeseen structural problems were uncovered during the demolition stage at the sites of modernization projects at Al Tahoe and Tahoe Valley elementary schools, Morales said the added repairs will not keep doors from opening to students on Sept. 9.

“We’re going to begin moving into some of the classrooms and offices at the end of this month,” Morales said. “Teachers can begin moving back in on Sept. 2.”

Schools are opening one week later than usual this year, due to the upgrade projects and the installation of 24 new portable classrooms at the district’s five elementary schools.

The district learned last year that facilities funds would be apportioned by the State Allocation Board for two of their oldest schools – Al Tahoe and Tahoe Valley, both built in the late 1950s.

The money was made available from the statewide educational facilities bond measure – better known as Proposition 203 – which was approved by voters in March of 1995.

Among the modernization projects at both schools are new floors and floor tiles, ceilings, toilets, sinks, wall coverings, cabinets, marker boards, lighting, heating, new central boilers, phones with intercoms and Internet access in every classroom.

Although registration is currently under way at the district’s remaining five schools, offices will not be open to the public at Al Tahoe or Tahoe Valley schools until Sept. 2. For more information contact the district office at 541-2850.

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