Capital School Board members moved ahead with impending projects at Central Middle School and the construction of a new South Dover Elementary School during their meeting Wednesday night.


    Capital School Board members moved ahead with impending projects at Central Middle School and the construction of a new South Dover Elementary School during their meeting Wednesday night.

    Alan Redford, vice president of EDis of Wilmington, the company in charge of overseeing construction at the schools, said bids will go out June 10 and 12, respectively. Unfortunately, at this point, he was unable to predict if they will come at or under original budget estimates.

    At Central, plans call for the current gym and field house to be demolished and the auditorium renovated, each being connected with a walkway. Auditorium seat capacity should remain around 1,100 with space underneath it converted into theatre storage and dressing facilities. At South, the new school will be built on existing land of the current facility and encompass 66,000 square feet with a capacity of 600 students.

    The board also approved hiring Design Contracting Inc. at $138,500 for the demolition of the field house at Central. Business Manager Sean Sokolowski expects the razing to begin June 3 or 4.

    Superintendent Dr. Michael Thomas stressed he wants to see samples of the new seating in the Central Middle auditorium before any final decisions.

In Other News:
    • The board discussed seeking a certificate of necessity for the new Dover High School, hoping to possibly secure funds for fiscal year 2010. Sokolowski estimated costs at $110 million.

    “The high school is an issue we need to explore every year until we get it,” Thomas said. “We need to be relentless in this.”

    The certificate of necessity must be approved by the state Department of Education, the Office of Management and Budget before Capital residents vote on the measure in a referendum. The board hopes to endorse sending a certificate of necessity at its June board meeting.

    • The board approved hiring Liberty Parks & Playgrounds to install new playground equipment at Fairview Elementary School, contingent upon the materials used not being hazardous to the children’s health. The new equipment will cost $55,572.

    • The board also approved policies regarding graduation requirements, field trips and library multimedia viewing.

    • Thomas announced that starting June 9, district personnel will work 10 hours a day for four days a week. He’s hoping to save $20,000 in energy costs by having the schools closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the summer months.