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Old Milford Middle School May Be Revitalized

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MILFORD, De-Milford Middle School saw its last student back in June of 2013. Since then, the school built in 1929, struggled to keep up its aging infrastructure. 

The school closed back in 2013 due to these problems, and has continued to decay. But neighbors in Milford say keeping the school closed is a waste of vital space.

The Milford Middle School Committee, formed of local residents and leaders, was tasked to figure out how the space could best serve Milford. 

Many voted to have the school restored for educational purposes. 

Ben Jones, a local nearby said, "As a school is the thing I've heard the most because of the overcrowding issues, and I think Milford is on the uphill in terms of population growth."

The Milford School District confirmed overcrowding is an issue. According to a presentation at last night's public meeting, the committee said schools are at 85% program capacity in all schools except Morris Early Childhood Center (not counting some Pre-K students.)

According to the presentation, current enrollment has grown to 4,260 since the current school year September 30th count (4,227). 

They estimate projected school enrollment will grow by 337 students in the future. 

Locals say, "It's depressing to see a big building like that all boarded up," Cathy Serwalt said.

Tetra Tech, an architectural and engineering firm determined the school is best suited as a possible elementary or middle school.

This may be costly, as the current middle school is in need or roof repairs, repairs to the windows and doors, classroom renovations and more. 

Serwalt says she's all for additional schools in the area, but "I think it's time to get rid of the building and start fresh. By the time you put all the money in that's necessary to fix that building up, it's still going to be an old building," she said. 

The School District says the committee is still conducting a feasibility study, and plans are still changing. The cost for a possible middle school or elementary revitalization could cost up to an estimated 55 million dollars. 

 

 
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