It doesn't happen often but next year school in Montgomery County will start later than usual.
For nearly 15 years, Montgomery County began the school year in the third week of August. But that won’t happen for the 2013-14 school year.
School board members voted last night to start the next school year on September 4 because the school board says it needs more time to get both new schools - Auburn High and Blacksburg High – set up.
School officials say the construction schedule is on target, but they need more time to ''wire rooms,” get them up to speed ''tech wise" and they need to get tables, chairs, and equipment physically moved into the new schools.
"And it's designed to make sure when our kids and teachers and parents show up to the new schools and to the returning Blacksburg Middle School, that they show up with everything in place," Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Brenda Blackburn said.
Around 3,000 students are being moved. Superintendent Blackburn said it's sort of like dominos - everything should fall into place when Blacksburg Middle School students -- which are now in the old Christiansburg High School - are cleared to be back into what used to be their middle school.
The last time Montgomery County started the school year late was back in 2010 after the gym roof caved in at the old Blacksburg High School.