Senate President Stephen Sweeney
Deputy Speaker John Burzichelli
Assemblyman Adam Taliaferro

Salem Middle School students to move to new temporary home

South Jersey Times – Officials at the School Development Authority and Salem City School District finalized a deal that would send students from the Salem Middle School to a new temporary site at St. Mary’s School in Salem.

The students were displaced after the ceiling at Salem Middle School collapsed in Sepember 2016. Students ranging from third to seventh grades were moved to Fenwick Plaza and Finlay Building, also located in Salem. The Salem County NAACP, along with Salem City School District officials wanted to find a new location after conditions at the first temporary school were not the best for a learning environment. State and district officials began the search for a new site.

State officials toured the St. Mary’s School back in June to see if it would be a viable place to house the students while repairs are made to the original Salem Middle School.

“I want to thank CEO McKenna and the SDA for responding to our need and for moving quickly to find a solution for the challenges faced by the school district when the middle school was left unusable because of the ceiling collapse,” said Senator Steve Sweeney said in a statement. “Our top priority is to protect the safety and well-being of our students and to make sure they are provided the classroom space to continue their education.”

Salem City School District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel was also looking forward to the Salem Middle School students beginning the school year at St. Mary’s.

“I want to thank Senator Sweeney, Assemblyman Burzichelli, Assemblyman Taliaferro and the NAACP for their focus on this quality of life issue for our students, and to the SDA for agreeing to the temporary solution that will bring some normalcy back to them and our teachers. We anticipate this continued advocacy for a new school in the very near future,” said Dr. Michel. “The situation was extremely disruptive to our students’ school experience.”

Details of the deal are not immediately available. The first day of school for the middle school students is Sept. 7.

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