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  • Capital School District moving forward with Kent County Community School renovations

  • The population of Capital School District’s Kent County Community School program, which serves special needs students from throughout the county, has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. As a result, the program was outgrowing all three of its campuses.
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  • The population of Capital School District’s Kent County Community School program, which serves special needs students from throughout the county, has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. As a result, the program was outgrowing all three of its campuses.
    “KCCS and our Delaware Autism Program are growing pretty quickly,” said James Mark, principal of KCCS. “Increasing that square footage and those building footprints will give us more space to meet the needs of our kids.”
    At the end of the school year work began to renovate the campuses at Central Middle School, Booker T. Washington Elementary and William Henry Middle School. The state allocated a portion of the $13.2 million needed for the project in the FY 14 bond bill, the remaining funds were issued in the FY 15 bond bill. The projects were approved for construction by the Capital school board in January. Now with the start of a new school year looming all three projects are at various stages of completion.
     
    BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
     
    The renovation taking place at Booker T. Washington is by far the biggest project. An addition will be constructed at the back of the school and renovations would take place to add an administrative space, occupational and physical therapy rooms, classrooms and physical education spaces to the portion of the school that was constructed in the 1920s. The project carries a total price tag of $10.9 million. Construction on the project hasn’t started. The project is out for bid with bids due back by Sept. 4, according to Michael Thomas, superintendent for the Capital School District.
    Work may begin in late September or Early October, with a targeted completion date of August or September of 2015.
     
     
     
     
    KCCS MAIN SITE
    Three classrooms are being added at the KCCS main site, which is housed at William Henry Middle School, an administrative area will be relocated and some of the larger classrooms will be divided. The total cost of the renovations is $1.5 million. Construction is almost ready to  get underway at the main site, according to Thomas.
    Originally construction on the project was set to begin in early July, but final plans were just approved last week. It took longer than anticipated to obtain approval from DNREC for storm water maintenance plans. The project is set to be complete in mid-November, according to Thomas.
    Until the project is complete the students who attend school at the KCCS main campus will attend school at the old Dover High School.
     
    CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
    Page 2 of 2 - The renovations at Central carry the smallest price tag, with a total of 818,822, but the renovation involves one of the largest projects. The KCCS classrooms at Central are being relocated so that the program has a dedicated space in the school’s basement, which necessitates an elevator being put in. Currently the timeline of the project is riding on that installation.
    “If the elevator doesn’t take too long the project will move quicker,” Thomas said. “We need to get the shaft construed. I think it will move pretty quickly. The scheduled delivery is in October so that’s critical to the completed space.”
    In addition to the elevator, the basement will be finished, two classrooms, bathrooms and a therapy room will be added. Construction is underway at the site. The elevator shaft is being framed in and electrical and sewer lines are being laid. Construction should be complete by the late fall, according to Thomas.
     

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