A new middle school in Vineland is back on track after being approved by the N.J. Schools Development Authority Board of Directors in January.

The new school is one of five projects totalling more than $200 million in construction added to the SDA’s 2014 capital portfolio. Because Vineland is a special needs district, the school will be built and paid for entirely by the SDA.

Wayne Weaver, the Vineland School District’s executive director of facilities, said the district knew the school was on the January agenda and was very excited to see the project move forward.

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He said the SDA already owns the land on South Lincoln Avenue, near Butler Avenue, where the school will be built.

There is no specific timeline yet for the construction. Weaver said district representatives hope to meet with SDA officials this month to discuss the size and design of the school.

The new school was approved to help alleviate overcrowding in the district. Once it is completed, Rossi Intermediate School will be converted back into an elementary school.

“Since Rossi was originally an elementary school, the conversion won’t be expensive, which made it attractive to the state,” Weaver said.

The new middle school was first approved in 2007, but state funds ran out before it could be built. Vineland’s Sabater, Wallace and Petway schools were all previously built with state funds.

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