The completion date for the new Page Middle School has been pushed back to April 2015, meaning students won't move into the new school until the 2015-16 school year.
The Gloucester County School Board learned from school system officials at Tuesday night's meeting that the new construction schedule has been altered. School officials had previously targeted a completion date for the new school of December 2014.
Scott Shorland, the school system construction manager, said the new Page Middle School is scheduled for completion on April 7, 2015. Construction is expected to start in August 2013.
Assistant Superintendent John Hutchinson said that partially out of respect for creating the stress of moving during a school year, it seemed best to move the completion date.
Superintendent Ben Kiser said the School Board will have to build into its next two budgets money to pay for lease payments on the modular units being used for Page Middle School. The insurance proceeds to cover those costs are running out at the end of this year, he said.
Leasing the modular buildings cost $133,000 a year, Hutchinson said in an email on Wednesday. Those costs will be slightly decreased in the first year with insurance proceeds, he said.