Page and Peasley students sharing school building

by Kim Robins and Elsa Cooke Verbyla - Posted on Apr 20, 2011 - 05:10 PM

Gloucester High School and all six county elementary schools reopened to students on Tuesday, but Peasley and Page Middle School students had another day off, getting back to the classroom yesterday.

For the remainder of the school year, the 780 Peasley students and the 580 children displaced from Page will share the Peasley campus.

Page Middle School took a direct hit from the tornado, with the eighth grade wing in the back of the school nearly destroyed, as well as several buses. Damage was apparent throughout all sections of the school, which is located on Route 17.

Gloucester School Board members approved the shared campus plan early Monday morning. School division superintendent Ben Kiser said he and his staff felt it was critical to keep the Page students together, and to keep the teachers with their children.

Under the new plan, Peasley students attend school from 7:15 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. and Page students from 1 to 6:30 p.m. The Peasley students get the early shift because they’re closer to the school campus.

Kiser said Peasley students should meet their school buses 30 minutes earlier than usual. Page students will be contacted by their individual bus drivers regarding pickup times.

Kiser said lunch will be served to both shifts of students and breakfast will be available for the Peasley children. The other county schools will continue to follow their regular schedules. The days missed from school will be made up on May 2 and May 16.