High school that hasn't opened already needs repairs

STOCKTON, Calif - Parents and administrators can't wait for the new high school in Mountain House to open. There's just one problem: sidewalks behind the school are already being ripped out and replaced at a cost of $140,000.

"If you were to walk on the sidewalk, you wouldn't notice the issue. The grade is so tiny, but you have to follow regulations," said Lammersville Unified School District Superintendent Kirk Nicholas. The regulations require compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The sidewalks slope slightly more than they should. So they have to be torn up and laid again.

"When there are mistakes in the construction it's disappointing, but we'll get over the bump and open school on Wednesday of next week," Principal Ben Fobert said.

Nicholas said it still wasn't clear if the ground settled, causing the slope issue, or if the sidewalks were designed or built incorrectly. So it hasn't been determined who will be responsible for the cost of the repairs.


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