Residents fight back against Upper Darby School District's plan to build $65M middle school

Justin Udo
June 25, 2019 - 9:49 pm
The Upper Darby School District wants to build a new $65 million middle school, but that plan is getting pushback from district residents.

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UPPER DARBY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Upper Darby School District wants to build a new $65 million middle school, but that plan is getting pushback from district residents.

There were just a few residents who came out to Tuesday's information meeting about the school, but they made sure their voices were heard.

"There was a huge uproar in the community, now they are trying to get the community on board," said Anthony Tumolo, a Clifton Heights resident who will be directly impacted by the construction of the middle school.

He says the school raises quality of life issues like taking away a neighborhood gathering place and safety concerns like creating more traffic for children to have to navigate through.

"We tried to fight, and we tried to get them to look at other options. They won't. They have their minds set. We'll fight them every bit of the way, and see what happens," he said. 

District spokesperson Aaronda Beauford says the school, which they want to put at the Clifton Fields, would help alleviate the overpopulation of the district's other two middle schools.

"We have considered expanding other schools in our district, and we have not been able to find a location that's going to be suitable to what we need. We need several acres of land to make sure this project is viable. Clifton Heights Field is exactly where this school belongs based upon our study," Beauford said. 

Beauford says they will continue to hold these community meetings to get feedback and make changes where necessary.