Demolition is complete at Rehoboth Elementary and underway at Milton Elementary, while construction nears completion at Sussex Consortium, now set to open in March.
Contractors have been steadily dismantling Rehoboth Public School after historical elements, surplus equipment and asbestos were removed earlier this fall.
The school’s footprint will house basketball and pickleball courts, a pavilion, an arch with the school’s original name and datestone, and an outdoor classroom. Walkways and benches will be made from the school’s bricks.
Milton Elementary’s tennis courts and the first- and second-grade wing have been leveled to make way for a bus parking lot and lawn. The school’s facade will be restored and remain intact, interior rooms will be remodeled, and the gym and auditorium will be restored.
The front entrance will be moved to the rear of the building, where a two-story addition and new playground will be built. Kindergarten through third grade will be on the first floor; some third and fourth- and fifth-grade classes will be on the second floor. Set to open in 2021, the school will house up to 650 students.
Cape Director of Capital Projects Brian Bassett said school officials expect the Sussex Consortium to open in early March. “We will probably announce an exact date once we get back from winter break and evaluate what work was finished during break,” Bassett said.
The original timetable for the Consortium’s completion was set back after the state awarded an additional $13 million in funding in August 2018, allowing for construction of a natatorium, 18 additional classrooms and a second gym.