By razing Willard Middle School, the district will not only save $458,000 from the cost of the new building, but more than $114,000 in utility bills, superintendent Jeff Ritz said.
Board of education members recently voted to raze the middle school at the end of the school year. As a result of that move, beginning next school year, seventh- and eighth-graders will study in the 400 wing of the high school. Those students will be kept as separate as possible from high school students, Ritz said, although he added there will be "very limited" inter-mixing.
Willard Middle School currently houses fifth- through eighth graders. Starting next school year, the New Haven and Richmond buildings will house grades four, five and six. School officials will determine which students attend which schools by boundaries similar to the current ones, Ritz said.
Currently, New Haven and Richmond are grades three and four buildings, divided by boundaries.
Next year, Central Elementary will become a pre-school through third-grade building.
Stories with more details about the project, including cost savings, reasons for the decision, reaction and timeline, were published on the front page of the Reflector last week.