Sports fields near completion at Frederick D. Thomas Middle

Final site work, sidewalks and paving set for mid-May at Cape district’s newest school
April 3, 2024

Work on athletic fields at Frederick D. Thomas Middle School in Lewes is mostly completed, with final grading and seeding underway, and decking materials set to be installed on pedestrian bridges.

Construction manager Dean Johnson, CEO of Richard Y. Johnson & Son, said his crews are finishing up the exterior masonry and stone on the building, and final site work, including sidewalks and paving, is set to begin in mid-May.

“Inside, we are installing floors, painting, finishing drywall, installing ceilings, and working on HVAC systems and electrical,” he said.

The 95,104-square-foot, $63.9 million facility has a 600-student capacity.

Named after educator Frederick D. Thomas, the first African American administrator in the Cape Henlopen School District, the school was approved by referendum in March 2018.

Former Beacon Principal Dave Frederick has been tapped to lead Frederick D. Thomas Middle School, and current Lewes Elementary CAP teacher Meghan Catts has been named assistant principal.

The facility will be the district’s third middle school, planned to alleviate crowding at Beacon and Mariner middle schools.

The new building sits just across Sussex Drive from Lewes Elementary School, which opened to students in April 2022. The two schools will share a campus that stretches from Savannah Road to DuPont Avenue.


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