The Colonial School District is moving forward with plans to build a new middle school on the current Colonial Middle School campus on Belvoir Road in Plymouth Meeting. Enrollment at the school is projected to increase by 300 students within seven years.

“The administration and School Board considered new construction as well as renovating the existing building which opened in 1968,” said Colonial School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Christian. “Due to the significant scope of the necessary renovations as well as increasing student enrollment, the decision was made to build a new school.

There have been concerns expressed by parents that due to the lawsuit over the “Responsible Contractors” policy put in place by the school board that construction could be delayed and students could end up trailer classrooms. In the announcement about the school, Dr. Christian stated that the new school will be built behind the existing structure. Students will continue to attend the existing school until the new one is completed. The old school would be demolished once the students start using the new school building.

Construction on the project is expected to begin next summer.

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