Caldwell Elementary Opening Delayed

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CALDWELL, Texas Caldwell Elementary will likely not be ready in time for the first day of school, less than two weeks away.

Caldwell ISD Superintendent Timothy Cuff said the mold issues that forced school officials to shut down the school last March, took longer to fix than they initially thought.

"It looks like we're going to be delayed anywhere from nine to fourteen days," said Cuff. "We thank the parents for their patience."

In the meantime, Cuff said students will be housed at the same off-site locations during school hours as they were last Spring.

"We know that they want a clean school. We want a beautiful school for the kids to come into, and that's what we're striving for," said Cuff.

Busted pipes leaking water underneath the school's foundation, along with rainwater that made its way into some underground pockets, created the mold.

On Monday, crews were finishing up the remediation phase. Cuff said the renovation phase is next.

The mold isn't the only thing holding up the reopening. Cuff said school officials decided to take the renovation phase a bit further, adding new ceiling tiles, insulation, fresh paint and new carpet throughout the school.

"Instead of doing just a little bit here, and a little bit there, we're going to take time and do it right," said Cuff. "It's going to basically be a brand new school. And one that our kids and our parents should be very proud of."

Cuff said crews will be working about 12 hours a day, seven days a week to get the work done.

If you have a student enrolled at Caldwell Elementary, a meeting with parents has been scheduled for this Thursday night at 6:00 in the cafeteria of Caldwell Intermediate.

School officials will talk about options for student transportation and lunches, as well as other details.