Astoria Schools Superintendent Michael Sowder said the school hopes to finalize an operating permit for Capt. Robert Gray Elementary this morning.

Safety concerns caused inspectors to postpone the school opening until Wednesday. Inspectors advised the school to develop an emergency exit plan, install more sprinklers and consider the placement of certain classrooms, as well as a few other issues, Sowder said. The opening hinges on the building completion and the school inspector's report today.

The school will not need to move the kindergarten room as the inspectors originally indicated Sowder said.

Builders have been remodeling Gray this summer as part of a bond measure approved by voters in 2000.

School officials are planning parent-student orientations Wednesday at 8:30, 10:30 a.m. and noon. Regular classes may begin Thursday and buses will run to the building. Gray has students in Kindergarten through sixth grades. All other Astoria schools started on schedule today.

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