DD2 hears updates on construction, oversight

  • Thursday, July 25, 2013

In a lengthy meeting Monday, Dorchester District Two heard a number of reports including facilities, financial, construction, safety and oversight.
The monthly facilities report noted that
Windsor Hill lighting upgrades were complete and the fire alarm renovation at Beech Hill is complete and the state Office of Fire Safety has completed its inspections.On target are summer painting, the renovation of three special needs classrooms, pressure washing of sidewalks, grinding of sidewalk imperfections to reduce trip hazards, the modernizing of 10 water coolers, flooring replacements, asphalt repairs, sidewalk additions and trailer relocates.Phase II of the Fort Dorchester High School fire sprinkler project has fallen behind but the contractor is working seven days a week and has added more crew so it should be finished well before school begins.Various entrance security upgrades throughout district are proceeding with architects in various stages of design.The safety committee report included:
Safety and security walk-throughs with 10 locations identified as priority camera coverage areas; 92 of 100 electronic doors have been installed and will be operational as of the first day of school and lighting issues at most locations have been addressed with the addition of LED lighting.Meetings are ongoing with the Sheriff and County Administrator to discuss increased costs being charged for School Resource Officers which makes hiring additional SROs for the elementary schools cost prohibitive. The possibility of hiring retired police officers as in-house security is being investigated.Architects are currently working on front entrance designs to protect students and staff including bullet resistant glass.The construction committee report included:
Site survey and geotech for Elementary School #1 at Pine Trace are in progress. The SCDOT completed a site visit and its concerns have been addressed with alternative plans.Elementary School #2, at The Ponds, is also progressing with its site survey and geotech and has had its SCDOT site visit.Elementary School #3, adjacent to Alston Middle School, will not have access to previously identified property on Parsons Road but is, instead, looking at the adjacent property where the facilities building is currently located. This adjustment would require a change in design. It, too, has had a SCDOT site visit.Rollings Middle School of the Arts has had an SCDOT site visit and is expecting the report shortly at which point both proposed sites – East Edisto and Coastal Center – will be reviewed to determine the most cost effective site for the new school.The oversight committee noted:
It wants to get everyone together and discuss smart growth … how the new schools will change the face of the district especially in regard to traffic patterns. It wants to get the county and the community involved.It has created a Facebook page – DD2 Citizen Oversight Committee – where it will post updates.It will have a written report ready to go out to every parent with the annual student packets in August.It praised Capital Improvements Facilitator Robert Folkman for having already “saved the district millions.” 

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