Discovery Charter School had planned to open later this year in Durham County, N.C., but concerns that the construction could harm the area's water supply have stalled the project.
District is cutting back engineers and assistant engineers to help close a $28 million shortfall.
The American Society of Civil Engineers' 2017 Infrastructure Report Card says 24% of the nation's 100,000 public school buildings are in fair or poor shape.
Backlog of repairs has grown as administrators focused on surviving budget cuts.
District says lead- and arsenic-tainted soil has migrated from housing authority land to the campus of David Starr Jordan High School.
Five-person committee will ensure that building repair requests in the school system are handled promptly.