New Colonial Middle School one step closer to reality - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

New Colonial Middle School one step closer to reality

Parents, students, and teachers all want a new Colonial Middle School, a move that still requires official school board approval. Thursday, their wish moved one step closer to coming true.

Built in 1954, Colonial Middle School is old, tired, and falling apart.

Eighth grader Erika Draper spent three years on a campus, where the principal says the ceiling alone needs $250,000 in work.

At the school, asbestos prevents crews from putting on a new coat of paint, and auditorium chairs are either broken, not useable, or altogether gone.

Memphis City Schools is ready to address the disrepair. Thursday, the capital improvement committee approved $72 million worth of system wide projects. Including $24 million to build a new Colonial Middle School.

"We wait for the administration to say these are our highest priorities. These gotta go next. And Colonial was up," school board member Jeff Warren said.

A handful of Colonial parents showed up ready to fight a battle that never happened because the committee passed the plan to replacing Colonial without a second thought.
If a new Colonial gets approval from the entire school board, it would be built directly behind the current school and likely wouldn't open until the 2009-2010 school year.

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