New mid­dle school con­sid­ered in Up­per Darby

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - By Kevin Tustin ktustin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Kev­inTustin on Twit­ter

UP­PER DARBY » Af­ter years of fa­cil­ity stud­ies to eval­u­ate the need for a new ele­men­tary school in the Up­per Darby School District, the fo­cus has shifted to a new mid­dle school in­stead.

The Up­per Darby School Board in com­mit­tee struc­ture on April 24 wanted the cost­ing out of a pos­si­ble third mid­dle school for the district. The con­sen­sus was made fol­low­ing an up­date that evening of the progress made by the fa­cil­i­ties com­mit­tee in its con­tin­ued ef­fort to de­ter­mine the most suit­able learn­ing spa­ces for over 8,000 ele­men­tary and mid­dle schoollevel stu­dents.

“The fa­cil­i­ties com­mit­tee has come to the board with the idea of a third mid­dle school,” said Assistant Su­per­in­ten­dent Dan McGarry. “How­ever you want to look at it as a neigh­bor­hood mid­dle school or a con­cept mid­dle school, we are ask­ing the board to cost out or to con­sider a third mid­dle school based on the work of our de­mog­ra­pher and the need for too many class­rooms and ad­di­tions on Drexel Hill Mid­dle School.”

In Novem­ber McGarry said that fu­ture en­roll­ment in the mid­dle schools was quickly be­com­ing an is­sue. With no room to ex­pand at Bev­erly Hills Mid­dle School and over $25 mil­lion worth of cap­i­tal im­prove­ments needed at Drexel Hill Mid­dle School, the pri­or­i­ties have changed.

“It is not our rec­om­men­da­tion to go with the ele­men­tary school move­ment first,” said McGarry, which has been the fo­cus of the district’s attention for the last few years. Those plans, he re­minded, have the op­por­tu­nity to be im­ple­mented down the line if needed.

It was not de­ter­mined as of Thurs­day who would be do­ing the cost­ing out study, but the funds to do it are avail­able in the bud­get.

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