New school security entrances on schedule

  • Friday, February 28, 2014

At Monday night’s Dorchester District Two Board of Trustees meeting, Facilities Director Rick Rogers announced that the schools are “99 percent cleaned up” in the wake of the recent ice storms. Every single school in the district lost power and experienced damage from ice accumulation.

“SCE&G did a wonderful job in restoring power,” Rogers said. “The employees in the facilities department mobilized complete emergency repairs to electrical and mechanical systems and cleaned up fallen limbs, trees and damaged canopies.”

DD2 is currently undergoing upgrades on security entrances to the schools to make them safer. Six elementary schools, five middle schools and two high schools are receiving an upgrade to the main entrances.

The plans involve adding extra sets of doors to some school entrances, as well as adding places for visitors to check into the main office before being granted access into the rest of the building. For some schools, plans involve revamping the front office area to accommodate a new secure entrance.

While delivering his monthly facilities report at the meeting, Rogers said the security entrances are moving along on schedule.

The update on all the security entrances is as follows:

Summerville High

• Upgrades have been awarded and the shop drawings have been submitted

Fort Dorchester High

• OSF review is complete

• Final Construction documents expected by the end of March

Spann, Knightsville and Fort Dorchester Elementary

• We have received OSF approval and are completing bid documents

• Expect to bid the work by mid-March

Windsor Hill and Beech Hill

• Plans expected to be submitted to OSF by mid-March

Dubose Middle School

• Plans should be submitted to OSF by mid-March

Gregg Middle School

• Received OSF design development approval on Jan. 24

• Expecting consultant M/E drawings to Clancy Wells before this week is out

• Target submitting for OSF final first of next week

Oakbrook Middle and Elementary

• Construction documents should be complete within two weeks

• A face to face meeting is set with OSF to review and receive approvals by mid-March

Alston

• Construction documents should be complete within two weeks

• A face to face meeting is set with OSF to review and receive approvals by mid-march

Summerville Elementary

• Submitting tree permit next week

• Expect OSF and construction documents by the end of March

Rollings School of the Arts

• Plans have been submitted to OSF

Rogers added the the annual district facilities walk through has started. Givhans Alternative school was visited last Tuesday. All sites will be visited with each location’s list of needs being reviewed.

An IFB is being finalized to advertise for trash compaction and removal services, which will save the district operational funds for waste disposal, Rogers said.

“That is to be put out for bid very shortly,” he said. “The bid term is usually two weeks.”

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