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Construction delays first day of school at Polo High

POLO – Polo High School students are getting a slightly longer summer vacation: Classes were to begin Wednesday, but now Monday is the first day of school.

“Our construction project at the high school has been delayed, so I thought it was best for our high school students to start on Monday,” Superintendent Chris Rademacher said. “We need to have two bathrooms open and the office area secure.”

K-8 students will start Wednesday, and preschool programs at the school also will go on as scheduled.

The district had two major construction projects this summer – remodeling restrooms and locker rooms at the high school, and roofing the high school and Centennial Elementary School. 

Asbestos removal caused initial delays because several area schools had similar projects also going on, and the companies that do the work are short-handed.

More time was lost when replacing the underground restrooms and locker room plumbing proved to be more complicated than expected.

Rademacher is working with Whiteside-Lee-Ogle Regional Superintendent Robert Sondgeroth to work out a plan for high school students to make up the 750 minutes of school they’ll miss this week.

The time probably will be made up on school improvement days, he said.

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