Construction of the Capital School District’s new, 30,000-square-foot Administration and Professional Development Center was recently completed off Hazlettville Road, and district staff has been moving in for much of July.
THE DETAILS Construction of the Capital School District’s new, 30,000-square-foot Administration and Professional Development Center was recently completed off Hazlettville Road, and district staff has been moving in for much of July.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Thomas said the new complex would dramatically improve efficiency of the district for the next 50 to 75 years with all administrators in a centralized location, several conference rooms to allow for better meetings with parents and students and auxiliary buildings on site for the transportation and the technology departments.
“We had people scattered all over the place,” he said. “Our technology unit was in decrepit, deplorable conditions. Two of the mobile units that had been on William Henry grounds for 30-some years were so deplorable that the company said they couldn’t be moved. They were afraid they would fall apart; they had to take them down right there.”
Capital Supervisor of Technology Ben Wells said the new technology building’s conference room, complete with a SMART Board, would allow the district to better provide professional development to teachers, among other things. In addition, the district was able to store its server and several computers in a climate-controlled facility.
THE PROGRESS District officials and staff are still settling into their new accommodations, as evidenced by the boxes and storage bins stacked up in Thomas’ office Monday morning. But the boardroom’s technological wiring is nearly complete, and Thomas anticipates that the Capital Board of Education will hold its first meeting in the new building for its Aug. 15 meeting, he said. The boardroom has projection screens that both the board and public can view.
In sum, Thomas said the state-of-the-art facility would allow Capital to better recruit teachers and staff compared to the former district office, which has been reduced to rubble off Forest Avenue.
“The first place [prospective teachers] come oftentimes is the district office,” Thomas said. “So, I think over the coming decades this building is going to serve and help with recruiting of teachers, which we are constantly doing.”
The administration complex and the new, $114 million Dover High School — the centerpiece of Capital’s construction project — will be the new face of Capital, Thomas said.
Becker Morgan Group in Dover designed the Capital Administration and Professional Development Center, and EDiS was the construction manager.
Construction of the administrative complex began in May 2011.
Thomas thanked district residents for approving the $132.1 million capital construction referendum that included this new building.
EDiS Vice President Bradley Cowen, (302) 421-2952