If all goes as planned, next year Margaret K. Lewis School will have a new home at Millville Elementary's campus. Administrators say it's an answer to overcrowding problems they've dealt with for years.
"In 1983 we had one class of physically impaired wheelchair children. We have now six or seven classes and there are 10 or 11 children in each room. With all the equipment and everything we don't have adequate space to meet their needs educationally," said Barbara Hardy, Margaret K. Lewis Principal.
Because the campus is landlocked, there is no room for growth. Another problem is the school is in a two-story building, which is not ideal for students in wheelchairs.
"We have about 50 percent of our students are non-ambulatory or have ambulatory problems and have trouble negotiating stairs. For us to go downstairs to an assembly right now in our gym downstairs it takes a good 30 to 45 minutes just to get all the students in place," said Hardy.
While Margaret K. Lewis educators are happy about the move, they say they understand the hurt other teachers in the county are feeling.
"The people that are on the other end of the situation that may be losing a school, I know it's hard and it breaks our heart too because we know and love all those people," said Hardy.
The plan to move Margaret K. Lewis School is part of a larger plan to realign or close others. The school board won't vote on the final proposal until February 18th.
Prior to the final vote school board members will be visiting all of the affected schools to hear from the public. The Margaret K. Lewis meeting will take place January 29 at 5:30 p.m.