According to the large majority of attendees at Monday night's Upper Perkiomen School Board meeting, the proposed new middle school is not needed – or wanted.
The near capacity crowd loudly commented and applauded as district residents stepped up to the microphone at the board's monthly meeting to offer their opinions on the why the school should not be built. Only a small number of residents stepped up to support the project, and those speakers were met with just a smattering of applause.
The new school for grades six through eight is slated to cost nearly $59 million, and would be built between Montgomery Avenue and Green Lane Reservoir.
Residents' comments ranged from demands for greater transparency for decision-making by the board and more support for teachers instead of building a new facility, to concerns about higher taxes and traffic problems....