The Vineland (N.J.) district will break ground later this month on a long delayed middle school.
The Daily Journal reports that construction of Lincoln Avenue Middle School, previously known as Middle School No. 2, has been 13 years in the making. Footing and foundation work has started on the 98,750-square-foot building.
The school will serve 620 students in grades 6 to 8.
The district purchased the 40-acre site for the school in 2003 and the project had gone out to bid in 2010. It was put on hold by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie along with other school construction projects in the state. State officials revived the project in 2014.
The Lincoln Avenue Middle School will have 19 general classrooms, five science labs with two demonstration areas, a half-dozen self-contained classrooms, a multipurpose room with a stage, a cafeteria and a gym.
Each wing will be designated for a specific grade, and all students will share the common areas, such as the cafeteria and media center. There are plans for outdoor student gathering areas just off the cafeteria as well as outside the library.
The scheduled completion date for the school is July 2018. When it is completed, students from Rossi Intermediate School will be moved to Lincoln Avenue. The Rossi building will revert to an elementary school to help alleviate crowding at those grade levels.