Eighth-grade cluster to be known as Page Middle School

by Kim Robins - Posted on May 11, 2011 - 04:28 PM

The modular units that will house Gloucester County Public Schools eighth graders on the Gloucester High School campus in the fall should be on site by the first week of June, school division Ben Kiser told the Gloucester School Board on Tuesday.

He also recommended that the cluster of eighth-grade housing be known as Page Middle School to preserve the name of the county’s semi-destroyed school building.

Due to the partial destruction of Page Middle School by the April 16 tornado, Page students are now attending Peasley Middle School on a split schedule with Peas-
ley students. To ease the strain on the Peasley facility and end the late school day for Page students, the board will send all sixth and seventh graders to Peasley in the fall and move all eighth graders, approximately 425 students, to the modular units. Peasley Middle School will retain its name.

Kiser said the modular units may have to be staged on the GHS student parking lot during the last week of school while preparations are completed to site them partially on the school driver’s education range and partially on the staff parking lot. He said specifications are currently being prepared for bringing power, water and sewer to the sites, and groundbreaking for the installation should occur by June 1.

Once situated, Kiser said the two sets of modular units will provide 24 classrooms and smaller ancillary spaces for administration, a clinic, counseling and conferencing. He said the installation should be completed by Aug. 1 to give teachers time to prepare the classrooms for students in September.