"I am extremely disappointed, but we have a plan in place to start the school year, and your children will be well taken care of until we move into the new Mill Street [Elementary School] in October," Mill Street Principal Susan Heintzman stated in an Aug. 2 communication to parents.
The first day of school for the district is Aug. 13.
Although some details have yet to be worked out, Heintzman stated that pre-kindergarten, third, fourth and fifth grade students who were set to attend Mill Street Elementary will start the year at Central Elementary. Kindergarten, first and second grade students who were slated to attend Mill Street Elementary will be housed at College Street Elementary.
According to Heintzman, students will not be required to wear uniforms, and special education services will be available at both campuses. Meet-the-teacher night will now be held at College Street Elementary for kindergarten, first and second grade students from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 12. Pre-kindergarten, third and fifth grade students will have meet-the-teacher night at the same date and time at Central Elementary.
"I understand this situation is not what we were hoping for," Heintzman stated. "However, I want to assure you that our teachers will be prepared to welcome your child and teach them to the highest level regardless of the location."
Lewisville ISD Chief Communication Officer Amanda Brim told Community Impact Newspaper that about 625 students were expected to start the year at Mill Street Elementary.
The school—which is supposed to replace College Street Elementary—was funded by part of a $737 million bond approved by voters in May 2017. According to the district’s website, Mill Street Elementary is intended to help prevent overcrowding at other nearby campuses.
District staff began working on contingency plans in early June, when they first learned from contractors that construction was running behind schedule.
This report will be updated as additional information becomes available.