WORTHINGTON — Following a second delayed start date, the new Independent School District 518 Learning Center is ready to welcome students back on Monday, the district confirmed late this week.

Classes resumed Sept. 3 for the majority of District 518 students. However, due to outstanding inspections, the start date for the Learning Center's approximately 80 students was pushed back to Sept. 5. Although inspections passed earlier last week, a certificate of occupancy hadn't been received, which caused the second delay. The certificate of occupancy hold up, Communications Coordinator Parker Sandhurst explained, was due to construction materials still on site.

Sandhurst said the second delay shouldn’t cause Learning Center students to make up days elsewhere in the calendar.

The back-to-school open house took place Wednesday at the Area Learning Center’s old home in West Learning Center.

Worthington Learning Center Principal Doug Brands reported that staff were able to gain entry into the new facility Aug. 29 to begin setting up classrooms. They’re excited, particularly about the openness of the building, he added.

“There’s open spaces that you don’t have in the old West Learning Center,” he said. “The rooms are good-sized.”

Brands said construction of and moving into the administrative office still needs to be completed.