SWANSEA — The school district is in the beginning stages of replacing the town’s public middle school building, which is nearly 100 years old.
“It’s just not an ideal space for 21st-century learning,” Superintendent of Schools John Robidoux said of the current building.
The Joseph Case Junior High School building on Main Street, which originally housed Joseph Case High School, opened in 1927. Robidoux said the district has kept up with maintenance on the building to ensure it’s safe, updating its ventilation system and installing UV lights to kill mold even before the pandemic hit.
“We haven’t let it fall into disrepair,” he said.
But, the restrictions that come from a decades-old building are becoming harder to out-maneuver, he said. Some of the school’s classrooms are only large enough to…