MELBA -- Construction workers are still hard at work trying to finish up Melba's new elementary school building.
Voters passed a $9.5 million bond last year to make the project a reality. The building is under construction on the old Melba High School site.
Construction started in mid-October 2015 and Melba Superintendent Andrew Grover had hoped to take over the building this month, but some unforeseen challenges have pushed back move-in day.
"We ran into weather, we ran into rock," he said. "Just construction issues we don't have a lot of control over."
Now it's looking like teachers and students will move in some time in October.
The new school will hold up to 650 students and will include a new gym, cafeteria and library.
The old elementary school was built to hold around 160 students. Now, more than 400 Pre-K through sixth grade students are spread out in separate buildings and three portables.
"They go outside to get to music class, to PE class, to computer labs, to go to lunch. We'll be able to all exist in one building when we open up here," said Principal Sherry Ann Adams of the new elementary school.
Along with spacious hallways, the new school includes much needed security upgrades and added storage space.
Grover also pointed out energy-efficient lighting and a new outdoor learning space for students during our tour Tuesday morning.
Teachers, students and staff were able to provide input on what they wanted included in the new school and those ideas are coming to life.
"I mean, you can just feel the excitement spread through the whole elementary school. Kids are excited about it, teachers are excited about it," Adams told KTVB.
District leaders are hopeful they will be able to take over the new elementary school on October 1. After teachers and staff have time to move in, students will start classes there on October 10, construction permitting.
Although a mid-year school change will bring some challenges, Superintendent Grover is staying positive.
"We're still just excited for the opportunity to have this kind of a building to move into," he said.