New Aviation High School won't be ready for first day of school

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by ADAM MERTZ / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 21 at 10:09 PM

TUKWILA, Wash. -- Construction delays forced officials to push back the first day of school at the new Raisbeck Aviation High School. 

 
The school was set to open September 4th, but it will now open the following week on September 9th, according to Highline Public Schools.
 
"When you are working on a big construction project sometimes things pop up that you don't expect," said school district official Catherine Carbone Rogers.
 
Parents and students were sent a letter notifying them about the change Tuesday. 
 
Construction crews are still finishing up the $43.5 million high school. Tukwila city officials also need to conduct safety inspections, which could take days to complete because of the size of the building.
 
"We have to approve everything in there. We are not going to allow occupancy with something half done," said city building official Bob Benedicto.
 
The Aviation High School was the first public, college preparatory, aviation-themed high school in the country, according to the school district.  Since 2004, the school has operated out of two temporary facilities.
 
The new building is located on a piece of property acquired by The Museum of Flight.
 
School officials are trying to determine if students will make up the days they miss because of the construction.

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