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Renovation Project Delays Start of School

HONESDALE — Complications with a construction project at Honesdale High School mean students in the entire Wayne Highlands District will be starting class...
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HONESDALE -- Complications with a construction project at Honesdale High School mean students in the entire Wayne Highlands District will be starting class a week later than planned.

Classes in the entire Wayne Highlands School District will now start the day after Labor Day.

But sports teams won't be waiting. They will start their seasons on schedule.

The Honesdale Hornets are right on schedule. The junior high field hockey team is getting ready for its first match next week.

But the same cannot be said for the rest of the district.

A major renovation project at Honesdale High School is still being finished, forcing administrators to delay the start of classes in all of the district's schools by a week.

"It is a very large project. It is comprehensive, covering our high school, main entrance, administration office, library, main entrance at the plaza, and our music suite," explained superintendent Greg Frigoletto.

The superintendent says crews at Honesdale High School have been working double shifts and weekends, but this is a complicated project with a lot of moving parts.

"It is unfortunate because we know it's a disadvantage and inconvenient for a lot of people, but the reality was there really was no other option at that late date."

Some parents we spoke with say they now have to find an extra four days of care for their children, while other parents are taking the news in stride.

"It would be a bigger burden if we had younger kids, but our kids are old enough they can spend a few hours by themselves," said parent John Grund.

One of the school bus drivers said he only gets paid when he works. He and his three kids are all off next week

"This means your first paycheck of the year starts a little late?"

"Yes it does," said Dominic Maglion. "But we're OK."

Back on the hockey field, the girls and their coaches say the delayed start has a silver lining.

"I can practice field hockey more and hang out with my friends more," said seventh grader Katie Grund.

"It is definitely not going to hurt us," said field hockey coach Nicki Malloy. "The only thing that will be different is now we have a game on the first day of school. They are always exhausted after that, but that is the only thing that will be different for us."

The extra days will be added to the end of the school year.