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School board moves ahead with plans for new middle school

The Gloucester School Board voted Tuesday to move ahead with the plan to build a new $26 million middle school for grades six through eight on the 140-acre undeveloped tract it owns on T.C. Walker Road. The new campus will replace Page Middle School, which was ravaged by a tornado a year ago.

The board will use approximately $8 million in insurance proceeds and an $18 million county contribution for the new construction. An alternative considered by the board was to use the money to add to Gloucester High School and move the eighth grade there, and to refurbish T.C. Walker Elementary to house a portion of the sixth and seventh grade population.

"I’m in favor of a six-eight middle school. That’s how we started this process, that’s what we have planned for so many years," said board member Ann Burruss. Board member Randy Burak said all of the comments he had received regarding the choice discarded the plan to add the eighth graders to GHS. "I just d...

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