- Associated Press - Sunday, May 7, 2017

ALABASTER, Ala. (AP) - Alabaster City Schools has delayed the opening of the new $88 million Thompson High School until December.

The new 360,000-square-feet high school was initially set to open in time for the 2017-18 school year. Instead, the school system says students will start classes in the new school on Jan. 4, 2018.

Superintendent Wayne Vickers tells Al.com (https://bit.ly/2qAZ3Un ) that the decision to postpone was made based on recommendations of the architectural firm, McKee and Associates, and construction management team from Volkert.

Construction on the new high school, which will have room for more than 2,000 students, started in February 2016. The facility will have 103 classrooms an auditorium with orchestra pit, media center, two gymnasiums and a career technology wing including engineering and nursing and health sciences labs.

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