Students who have been learning in temporary facilities since Sept. 2016 are expected to be back in their original school in January.
SALEM –Displaced Salem Middle School students are scheduled to be back in their original school in a few months.
A letter from the state’s School Development Authority gave the timeline on what remains to be done before the original Salem Middle School reopening. According to School Development Authority spokeswoman Edie Maier, crews are finishing the school’s acoustical ceilings and lighting. The students are expected to move back to the building in January.
The school shut down in September 2016 after parts of the school’s roof collapsed. The students were placed in two locations for the remainder of the school year. Beginning in the 2017 school year, they started attending classes at the site of the former St. Mary’s school on Oak Street.
“Our top priority is to protect the safety and well-being of the students, while also making sure they are educated in the most effective way possible,” State Senate President Steve Sweeney said in a statement. “The SDA worked with us to make sure a construction plan was in place so that students not only will return to their school building as quickly as possible but also that they will have a safe and productive environment for learning.”
Salem School District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel is looking forward to moving back to the original location.
“I thank the 3rd Legislative Team Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli and Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro; as well as the NAACP for getting this project placed on the fast track and close to completion,” Michel said. “Moreover, I want to thank Keith Campbell for stepping up when we needed a temporary location.
Michel is still hoping a new facility will be built to replace the building.
“Long-term, we appreciate their collective and continued advocacy for the district to obtain the Pre-K through 8 school building when funds via the SDA are available.”
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