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Maple schools to start late

Unexpected complications at the site of an addition to Northwestern High School has prompted Maple School District administrators to delay the start of school one week at all four schools.

Unexpected complications at the site of an addition to Northwestern High School has prompted Maple School District administrators to delay the start of school one week at all four schools.

Students scheduled to return to classes Tuesday will now start school Sept. 10.

The discovery of previously undetected springs at the Northwestern High School site has caused delays in finishing parking, bus drop-off and pickup, and delivery areas required for the start of school, said Superintendent Gregg Lundberg.

The delay also is in effect at Northwestern Middle School and Northwestern and Iron River elementary schools to allow additional time for cleaning and other projects.

"The bottom line is to have a safe environment for the students when they return to school," Lundberg said. "It isn't cost-effective for us to run our buses for just a few students."

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Additions are being completed at Iron River and Northwestern Middle School. There is no addition to Northwestern Elementary, but a bus garage is being finished at the site.

A fence will go up around construction at Northwestern High School to keep the public outside the work area. Workers at the other district schools will make sure everything is working properly for students to return, he said.

Changes to the high school's landscape plans were required as a result of the springs and water flow issues found on the site. Breaker rock had to be laid to allow for proper water flow from the parking area, and that took a week to complete.

There wasn't enough time to complete the needed turn-around space for buses, Lundberg said. Indications are these areas will be complete by Sept. 10 to allow for the start of school, he said.

Students in the Maple district will need to make up the four days they'll miss. The school calendar will be revised after the start of the school year. The calendar committee could revise the vacation schedule during spring break and Christmas or it could lengthen the school year until June 13.

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