New Sherman High School opening date delayed

SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - The opening has been delayed for the new Sherman High School by about four months.

Construction started in August 2018.

Senior project manager, Lee Thomas said because of the weather, they won't start having class there when they originally planned to.

"The rain delays us when we can't do things outside so we continue to work inside where we can," Thomas said.

Thomas said the rain has moved the new Sherman High School's start date from August 2020 to January 2021.

"We had one of the wettest January's, double the average rainfall and we get into February and we continue with this rain," Assistant Superintendent Tyson Bennett said.

Bennett said they plan to take the two weeks over Christmas break and an additional week, to allow staff to start moving in to the new school.

He said next school year nothing will change for middle and elementary school students.

The new attendance zones will take effect at the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

"Really it's just a brief delay for a grand opening in January 2021," Bennett said.

Thomas said they're about 90 percent done with the concrete work, and about 85 percent done with the structural steel.

He said they have anywhere from 250 to 500 workers on the site almost every day.

"Trying to get the roof on, trying to pitch in the roof, when we are trying to swing steel, when we're trying to set windows and things of that nature when it's blowing rain we just can't do those things," Thomas said.

The current high school is about 50 years old.

The new school is three-stories, 500,000 square feet, sits on a 100-acre lot, and costs $157 million.

Thomas said certain parts of the school will be ready by August, but they're pushing the date back so the entire facility is done before classes start.