East Hardin Middle School students will start the school year with in-person instruction at the Glendale location at 129 College Street, Hardin County Schools announced Tuesday afternoon.

HCS officials spoke Tuesday with those involved in the completion of the construction at the new East Hardin located at 810 New Glendale Road in Elizabethtown. The district learned that the school would not be ready for occupancy within the next couple of weeks.

HCS announced last week that temporary virtual instruction would be a possibility for the beginning of the school year.

“The thoughts of those involved with the construction today (Tuesday) confirmed our fears about a timely certification of occupancy,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said in a news release. “What we heard today means that virtual instruction would’ve taken place for possibly longer than a month. We had hoped the virtual instruction would not last longer than seven days and we’d be able to transition into the new school building.

“Any construction project, especially one as large as a new school building, always brings variables and uncertainties,” she added. “The addition of the pandemic’s obstacles and personnel shortages certainly hasn’t helped. When we receive all of the proper construction certificates, we will communicate when staff and students can move to the new East Hardin.”

The project has been plagued by various delays, including electrical work.

East Hardin Principal Brittany Nickell said staff and students will move into the new East Hardin “when it is safe and possible to do so,” she said in the release.

“We truly appreciate the extraordinary amount of patience and understanding from our students, parents, and staff,” she added.

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