Colonial breaks ground for new middle school

people with shovels and hard hats behind a pile of dirtStudents, School Directors, administrators, parents and community members gathered on October 21 to commemorate the start of construction of a new Colonial Middle School (CMS). The groundbreaking ceremony took place behind the current school near where the cafeteria and administrative offices will be located in the new building.

During the ceremony, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Christian spoke of the foundation about to be laid for the new building and the foundation for the future that will be built within its walls.

"What matters is what happens inside this building and the foundation that we create with our children who will become the next leaders," Dr. Christian said. "That's what really makes communities like this so strong."

School Board Facilities Committee Chair Eunice Franklin-Becker thanked the strong community partnership that worked so hard to plan the building, including her fellow Board members, the Plymouth Township Council and administrative staff, the Central Montco Technical High School (CMTHS) and Director Seth Schram, the District administration and CMS staff, and members of the community, especially those bordering the building site.

"We're so lucky to have all those partnerships in our community to meet the needs of our students now and over the next decades," Mrs. Franklin-Becker said. "This new middle school project is an investment in our community that will serve generations to come just like the current building has served families in our community for generations."

students with shovels and wearing hard hats standing behind a pile of dirtThe new 232,000 square foot middle school will be about 42,000 square feet larger than the existing building. The new school is designed to accommodate 1,500 students. It will include a cafeteria that can accommodate 500 students at a time and a gymnasium that can hold 1,400 for assemblies and promotion ceremonies with floor seating. The project also includes the construction of new athletic fields, parking lots, an access road for school buses on land currently owned by CMTHS and the township, and demolition of the current middle school.

The new middle school is tentatively scheduled for completion in the fall of 2021 with the current building set for demolition in the spring of 2022.