Elementary school in Rio Rancho postpones first day of class

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RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Next Monday is supposed to be the first day of class for one elementary school but now the kids will get an extra three days of summer vacation because of a construction problem.

This summer the Rio Rancho School district set out to replace the air conditioning system at Enchanted Hills Elementary but didn’t finish in time. In fact, the units are still sitting outside in the parking lot.

Now students will start classes three days late — their first day will be next Thursday.

The district says they experienced some set-backs during the project. The district says they considered all the options to not delay the start of school but figured it was the best option to make sure kids were safe and that classes weren’t disrupted by the construction — and that they weren’t suffering in the summer heat.

School officials add that kids won’t have to make up the lost days since the school already had an extra 55 hours built into the school year.

Teachers and administrators have been working at Enchanted Hills Elementary throughout the summer inside the cafeteria.

But all the work won’t be done by Thursday — crews still have to finish up work in the library and front office.

The new HVAC system is part of a bond voters approved.

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