October 24, 2014

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Storm delays school start by 4 days in Vermilion

VERMILION — A storm that drenched the hallways of Sailorway Middle School on Saturday interrupted a school district remodeling project and delayed the start of the school year in Vermilion by four days.

Instead of starting on Aug. 26, students in the Vermilion school district will return to classes Sept. 2, said Vermilion Schools Superintendent Phil Pempin.

“There was nothing the school could have done,” Pempin said of the storm that soaked much of the first floor of Sailorway, drenching books, materials and carpet.

The school district has spent $85,000 so far cleaning the school, Pempin said.

Since the storm, the district has turned its attention to fixing the damage in the middle school before finishing the renovation.

“We’re still in full-blown rehab work in the middle and high school. We still have a lot of work that needs to be finished up by contractors,” Pempin said, adding that the district plans to have the renovations finished by Tuesday.

The school board does not anticipate needing extra days to finish out the school year, Pempin said.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.