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Milford School District Discusses Selling Middle School

An empty middle school (Photo: WBOC) An empty middle school (Photo: WBOC)
Milford High 1951 (Photo: Del. Public Archives) Milford High 1951 (Photo: Del. Public Archives)

MILFORD, Del. - The Milford School District is considering selling the abandoned Milford Middle School, pending approval from the Board of Education.

The building, which used to be Milford High School built in 1929, has sat empty since 2012 after deteriorating below state standards.

William H. Tunis lives down the street from the school and said it's time something is done.

"I think it's causing vandalism, people know it's empty and somebody's going to go in there and try to take something," he said. "So they're better off selling it and letting somebody move in, a good business or something."

Selling it is now on the table after the district's failed referendum to rebuild back in 2014.

A realtor is currently doing a commercial market assessment, and once the board of education approves the decision to sell, the district must offer the building to any state agency. After that it can go public.

While district officials are still awaiting the results of a property value assessment, when it comes to the future of the school, historical value is also an important factor.

Following the Supreme Court's landmark Brown V. Board of Education decision in 1954, Milford High School attempted to integrate and admitted 11 African Americans, which was followed by boycotts.

Sidney Burton lives nearby as well, and said he thinks the history is too rich to risk losing the building.

"A lot of my family went there and from a young age and all up," he explained. "It shouldn't be sold because whoever buys it may tear it down and put something else there or nothing."

Charlene Sandifer, however, who has two children in the district, thinks it could be put to better use in the community if it's torn down.

"I do know that there has been some break ins there too and I really do think that with everything's that's been going on there's no way that we can fix it," she elaborated. "We don't have the money to do it, we need the money for our schools."

The board's next meeting is Nov. 16.


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