Structural Issues at Media Elementary Will Close Building in September

The school is safe and the students are in no danger at all, according to Rose Tree Media School District Superintendent James Wigo.

announced Monday afternoon that due to structural issues with the building, the school will close for repairs and the students will be relocated during the next school year.

The building is not a danger to anyone and the students and faculty are completely safe, Rose Tree Media School District Superintendent James Wigo stressed.

"I can't overstress enough the building is safe and the children's safety is our number one priority," Wigo said.

He said an engineering team determined that a 100-year-old roof truss in the building needs to be repaired.

"We're not shutting the building down because it's unsafe," Wigo said. "We're moving the kids to effectively make the changes and insure its (structure) for another 30 years."

Classes currently on the third floor of the school were moved to other rooms in the building earlier in the school year while a temporary fix was put in place but a more permanent solution is needed.

"When we moved those classes out of the third floor it was a matter of being overly safe," Wigo said.

A permanent fix to the problem involves major work to the building and will require the building to be unoccupied during construction, he said.

"The building needs to be unoccupied for up to one school year," Wigo said. "We're anticipating the 2012-2013 school year to be in another location."

A temporary school location has not yet been determined and Wigo said all possibilities are currently being investigated.

When asked if , which , was an option, Wigo said he hasn't spoken to anyone about a temporary location yet.

Parents received a voice mail message from Principal Maria Kotch on Monday afternoon informing them of the situation, at the same time the school's faculty was informed, according to Wigo. (Watch the attached video to hear the message.)

He said he will keep everyone informed as details about construction and the temporary school location emerge.


A Facebook group has been created regarding this issue.


KMC March 20, 2012 at 06:37 PM
I'm not sure Nativity is a viable option, don't think it has a cafeteria. That's not a huge issue for those of us who pack our kids lunches, but the are a lot of kids at Media who get free lunches
Joan Davis March 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM
What about the Roosevelt School in Middletown Township across from the Wayside Market?
KMC March 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Joan, the Roosevelt school is not an option, full of mold, think its been vacant too long
Serenity March 22, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I think that would rubbing salt in a wound of Nativity families-they cannot go to their school because it is closed, but now other kids can go there! Just doesnt seem right. It is sad enough what happened to those people, they shouldnt have to ride by to see other students in what used to be their school.
Mediamom417 April 27, 2012 at 03:29 PM
It is only for a year, and it will be money in the struggling Catholic School's pocket, so to speak. When one door closes, God always has a way of opening another. Mods will also be used, in addition to the school building


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