BELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - For some students in Bell County, summer vacation is a little longer this year. It's all due to renovations.
Officials say construction is delaying the start of the school year to August 26th.
Renovations are underway at Bell County High School and Bell Central School.
"We're just trying to modernize things and clean it up a bit," said Jeff Saylor, Bell County Schools Facilities Coordinator.
School officials say the work like upgrading the HVAC system is much needed.
"It's a little bit of a mess right now but I think the ends will justify the means by the time school starts," said Richard Gambrel, Bell County High Principal.
The construction is delaying the start of the new school year. Students will return on August 26th, three weeks later than normal. School officials say that gives workers time to finish the first phase of construction.
"We've made some allowances in our schedule and hopefully we will not have any issues," said Saylor.
Despite the construction, officials say the schools will be safe for students will school starts.
"It will not be perfect by no means, like it normally is, but it will be safe for our students, and we'll be able to have school just like normal," said Saylor.
"Sometimes you have to deal with the bad things to get to the good," said Gambrel.
Construction on ten new classrooms at Yellow Creek School Center will start soon.
Officials also tell us they plan to build a new transportation facility.
The 21 million dollar renovations are paid for with the recallable nickel tax.
"We're very appreciative of the people of Bell County because these projects would not be happening today if it was not for the support of the recallable nickel," said Saylor.
They say it will make the schools better for all.