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Opening of Alberta School of Performing Arts delayed

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A snag in construction has a community in west Alabama waiting a little longer for a new school.   

The Tuscaloosa City School District said their new Alberta School of Performing Arts won't open in time for students to start next year in a new building. 

A little more than four months ago there were smiles and an air of excitement around the new Alberta School of Performing Arts.      

But the project hit a snag before the concrete slab was even poured. The engineer from the Alabama Building Commission, who is in charge of reviewing 300 plus drawings of the project, retired.  Tuscaloosa City Schools Public Relations Coordinator Lesley Bruinton said, "We won't be able to bid out the project until we get the comments back from the engineer on this particular job."    

A new engineer will have to start from scratch reviewing the schematics of the school plans, which pushes the opening from August of 2014 to December of 2014. 

This project is no stranger to obstacles. Before construction even began there was discussion between the city and the school district to swap land in order to make a better planned out campus. That deal hasn't been finalized.    

Even though the students won't be in the new school in august, they will start new curriculum structure at the beginning of the next school year.    

Despite their disappointment, the district's spokesperson said the delay will save them money.

"With the compressed time table that we had previously trying to open for next fall there would have been overtime cost that would have been associated with the project. So having the few extra months will allow a cost savings," Bruinton added. But just how much the district will save is yet to be determined.

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