MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Construction of Journey Middle School is delayed due to “serious supply chain and labor issues related to COVID-19.”

News 19 has reached out to City of Madison Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols for more details on the delays. Dr Nichols said the project is delayed by about eight weeks.

Dr Nichols said they hope to have the project ‘dry’ by now, but there are delays related to a ‘shortage of insulation, decking materials and the final roofing product’.

On Tuesday, workers were actively working on the site. However, the construction company is also facing labor issues due to COVID-19.

Journey Middle School was originally scheduled to open in August 2022, in time for the 2022-2023 school year. Dr Nichols said if construction is not complete by then, students may need to start the year in one location and move into the new building when complete.

Dr Nichols added: “I’ve learned over the years that kids are maybe better at transitioning than us adults.

He said he will meet with the construction company for another progress update later this week. After that, the school board will work on other back-to-school ideas.

Journey Middle School will be right next to the Madison City Schools central office on Celtic Drive in Madison. the school will be 170,000 square feet and houses 1,200 students.