Capital School District is busy planning for the new Dover High School, and is looking for public input on planning and design at upcoming meetings.

With utility work tentatively planned for June 2011 on the new Dover High School, the district is eager to get the design process underway. Planning for the new school, as well as the new maintenance facility and district office, already has started, with representatives from the construction management and architecture teams presenting at the July 21 school board meeting.

Public, faculty give input on new DHS
The next few months will be a time for schematic designs for the new high school, according to Brad Cowen, operations manager of EDiS, the project’s construction management company.

Carl Krienen of ABHA Architects said after working on the Central Middle School renovations, his firm is thrilled to be a part of the “monumental effort” to construct Dover High School. The firm, which was brought into the project in May, sent out surveys to school faculty members, asking for their input on what they would like to see in a new school. Krienen said the team surveyed faculty and staff members, and interest groups, and then a more general survey went to student groups, parents and other community members to garner more feedback.

The mention of parent surveys drew looks of confusion from two parents who regularly attend meetings. Board member Kay Dietz-Sass asked what groups the surveys were sent to, as she had not received one.

“It was the feeling of the group that we wanted to get at least a conceptual design ready before we present it to those other groups,” Krienen said.
Sass agreed that laying the groundwork is necessary, but warned Krienen and others not to leave parents and community members out of planning talks.

“It’s a lot of taxpayers’ dollars,” Sass said. “I want to make sure their voices are heard as well.”

Krienen assured Sass and attendees that meetings will be open to the public for their input. The first such meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at William Henry Middle School.

Newly elected president Kiran Clements commented at the close of the meeting on the need for patience while wading through the planning process. To call the task of building a new high school enormous is an understatement, she said.

“Everyone’s going to be involved in this,” she said. “That’s why it takes so long before we break ground.”

District turns defunct lumberyard into headquarters
In a continuation of new buildings talks, the board also heard about the potential site of the new district and maintenance buildings.

The new buildings are slated for the old lumberyard on Commerce Way and West North Street.

“You couldn’t have found a more wonderful site for these two facilities,” Cowen said.

Gregory Moore of Becker Morgan spoke about the site assessment, and said the facilities were an excellent site for the maintenance and administrative complex. It was already used as a commercial site, and while most existing buildings will be demolished and new ones built, the district might save on utilities and infrastructure costs.

In other news ...

The board welcomed two new administrators: Pamela Manlove as principal at Booker T. Washington Elementary School and Kevin Turner as assistant principal at Dover High School. The board held a second reading for revisions to its lost or damaged textbooks policy. Older students who have a lost, stolen or damaged book and cannot re-pay the district will be given community service instead of a monetary fine. Sass encouraged the board to build guidelines to determine what service is suitable for students, to which Sean Sokolowski, business manger, agreed. The policy’s final reading should be at the August meeting.


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