Rehoboth set to hear construction plans for elementary

December 4, 2017

The Cape Henlopen School Board has put out a request for proposals for construction of a new Rehoboth Elementary School.

Construction of the proposed $33 million, 92,000-square-foot school entails 17 contracts, according to publicly available construction specifications. Contracts are available for site work, concrete, masonry, steel, carpentry, roofing, electrical work, mechanical work, kitchen equipment and the sprinkler system, among other items.

Contractors interested in the project are required to attend a pre-bid meeting, 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Beacon Middle School. Bids will be opened at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Beacon.

Rehoboth Beach commissioners will hear a presentation from district officials at the commissioners' workshop meeting, 9 a.m., Monday, Dec. 4, at City Hall.

Brian Bassett, director of capital projects for the Cape Henlopen School District, said the hope is for site work to begin in February. Construction on the new school will take place while students are using the old school, Bassett said. Students are expected to move into the new building in fall 2019 and demolition of the old school will take place after classes start at the new building, he said.

Discussion of meeting times on Dec. 4 agenda

Besides the school presentation, the Rehoboth commissioners will also discuss changing the days and times of commissioners' meetings.

Workshop meetings are typically held on Monday mornings, while regular voting meetings are held on Friday nights. Voting meetings used to be held on Monday nights until the practice was changed nine years ago to Fridays in an effort to encourage nonresident attendance.

In addition, the commissioners will have updates on expenditures for City Hall and the ocean outfall project and continue discussion of an ordinance allowing certain people who own property in a limited liability company to vote.