CAIRO — All students in Grady County will report to school Friday — except for those at Shiver Elementary.

Grady County Schools Superintendent Steve Wooten announced Wednesday that Shiver, currently under construction for various renovation projects, will remain closed Friday. It is now set to open Monday.

“We think it is in the best interest of all concerned to postpone only Shiver until Monday,” said Wooten. “The building would be ready and safe for Friday, but we do not feel comfortable with the amount of work the teachers will have to do on Thursday to get the classrooms set up and ready to teach on Friday.”

Wooten said the delay in construction completion was largely to do with a lack of staffing by the job’s Cordele contractor.

“It will look and feel better after the cosmetic things are finished and some additional cleaning is done,” he said. “Classrooms should also be better furnished than what they would be if school started Friday.”

Wooten said he made the decision after consulting with administrative staff.

“It’s the positive and right thing to do,” he said. “I appreciate the patience and understanding of the Shiver staff, parents and students.”

Shiver principal Patsy Clark said she was fine with the decision.

“There are a lot of things that we needed to do like getting furniture into classrooms, the hallways cleaned up, the outside exterior cleaned up — there’s just a lot to be done and we’re running out of time,” said Clark. “The way we’re doing it won’t disrupt the entire county, but get the school ready to open on Monday.”

Shiver is the sixth school undergoing renovations in Grady County (most paid for in SPLOST II and/or state funds), said Wooten. Construction for additional classrooms, a media center, lunchroom and kitchen began in the summer of 2005 and renovations on the existing structure began May 20.

Clark asked that parents be patient while construction is completed.

“Parking is going to be a problem and there was no open house, so please be patient,” she said. “We’ll do the best we can. Right now, we’ll be busy throughout the weekend inspecting classrooms, getting furniture arranged and getting the classrooms ready for the kids on Monday.

“ I’m very appreciate of my faculty and staff, and I’ve had a lot of parents come in to help. Everyone is voluntarily working after hours and nights to get this done. I’m very appreciative for all the help we have received and I look forward to school resuming on Monday.”

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