Delaware County Community College officials are visiting the college’s 12 sponsoring school districts to convince them to support a $55 million capital improvement bond for a new campus at the former Prendergast High School, writes Kevin Tustin for the Daily Times.
The support of two-thirds of the college’s sponsoring school districts is needed to create a full-service campus at the former high school.
College spokesman Anthony Twyman confirmed that so far four districts have supported the resolution, including Ridley, Southeast Delco and Upper Darby. Interboro voted no.
School district debt service to the college will not be affected by the new bond but the debt service would be extended from 2034-35 to 2038-39.
Plans call for renovating the interior of the former Prendergast building for at least 40 classrooms. The exterior façade will not change.
The school’s auditorium, chapel wing, gatehouse and convent would be demolished to create parking and a new back entrance.
The hope is the new campus will better accommodate Upper Darby and southeast Delco students.
Construction would start next spring with a tentative January 2022 opening .
Archdiocesan spokesman Ken Gavin said an agreement of sale has not yet been entered into between the two parties.
Read more about the proposed Prendergast campus here.