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Updated: 7/18/2013 8:47 am
CUMBERLAND, Miss. (WTVA) — Members of the Webster County School District are looking over the grounds of the new East Webster School.

August 7 is the first day of school and construction is in full-swing.

"We're a couple of weeks out before kids get here, and a lot of things still need to be done. But, school is going to start on time and contractors are going to do what they have to do to get kids in here on time," said Gary Bailey, architect.

There are a number of things that still need to be completed before they get checked off the list.

"The major components is that we still have a lot of painting to do," adds Bailey. "There's still some floor tile to go down. Our biggest concern is asphalt. We've got three weeks of time. We've got it scheduled to get all the asphalt paving in."

There is a contigency plan in place in the event the project is not complete in time. East Webster can remain at Wood College through the end of October due to an extension with FEMA and MEMA.
 
"In the event of a delay we will not push back our start date. Our plans are, if we're unable to move in and start school here on August 7  that we would remain at Wood College for as short as period of time as possible," said Superintendent of Education Jack Treloar.

Another challenge will be the process of moving everything back into the new campus from Wood College.

School district officials are waiting on the right time to relocate equipment and furniture.
 
"We are going to allow ourselves five days," adds Treloar. "What we're going to do is hopefully, we're going to meet again next Wednesday and will make that determination as to when we're going to start moving."

Teachers report back to school August 1.
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