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Cold temperatures delay school opening

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

INDEPENDENCE — First it was rain, then snow. And now unusually cold temperatures have delayed the opening of a new school in Grayson County.

Last month, Grayson Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Thomas announced a tentative date of Jan. 18 as the first day of classes at Grayson Highlands School — a school that will combine Bridle Creek Elementary and Mount Rogers Combined School.

Thomas told The Gazette in an e-mail Thursday that the new opening date will be delayed beyond next week.

"The weather conditions have prevented the contractors from completing the water system, the septic system and the road (turn lanes) project," Thomas said.

She added that many people are excited about the opening of the school but that the project cannot be finished and a definite date set until temperatures get back into normal ranges for this time of year.

Thomas said she may have more information for the school board during its regular meeting Monday night.