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2 Northeast Independent School District schools open Monday

Vineyard Ranch Elementary, Las Lomas Elementary host open houses

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SAN ANTONIO - After months of waiting, two Northeast Independent School District schools finally opened Monday.

Vineyard Ranch Elementary and Las Lomas Elementary hosted open houses Sunday to give parents and students a look at the newly constructed schools.

Isela Tellez, a parent at Vineyard Ranch, said she was very impressed with the campus.

"The classrooms are beautiful," said Tellez. "The teachers are excited. We're headed to the cafeteria to check it out and we're just ready for this new year."

Sunday afternoon, parents and students at both locations were given the opportunity to see the classrooms, library and cafeteria of their schools. Some students were also able to speak with their teachers and principals.

Aubrey Chancellor with the Northeast ISD said Sunday's open house has been a long time coming, after construction on both schools was delayed when the previous contractors ran out of money and walked off the job.

A new construction group, Summit, has since taken over and has been working around the clock to get the students in by Monday. Neighbors said crews have been working around the clock for the past few weeks.

"They're here before the sun is up," said Greg Styles of Concordia Lutheran Church. "They're here really late in the afternoon and evening."

However, residents who saw all the work being done on Saturday were a little doubtful that the construction group would meet its deadline.

"I don't know if they are going to make it or not," said Styles. "But they sure have worked hard."

David, another resident who lives close to Las Lomas Elementary, said he wasn't so sure either.

"I think that's wishful thinking," said David. "But, if they can do it, great, because we'll be glad when the school is open and kids can start traveling a lot closer to their school destinations."

While the schools said they are ready to open Monday, Chancellor said crews will be making some minor touch ups throughout the day.

"The workers all are required to have background checks," said Chancellor. "They may not even see the students during the day. It's definitely a good strong safe plan."

Chancellor also said Sunday that the district is planning for the future and that both schools can actually hold over a 1,000 students each. For now, half of that number will be starting at each school on Monday.

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