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Still "A Lot To Do" before New Dover HS Opens, Expected to be Ready

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - The new Dover High School is just two months away from its scheduled opening. And there's still a lot of work left to hit that target.

Dover city planners are saying it could be tight, but if everything stays on schedule from here, doable.

Dr. Michael Thomas, Capital School District's superintendent, is confident the school will be ready for the start of the school year.

Last week city planners sent the district a letter outlining a number of things that still had to happen at the new high school property before people could safely occupy the site.

"We can't have a partially functional site open to the general public and with over 1,000 students and staff on site daily," said Ann Marie Townshend, city planning director.

Townshend says a lot of progress has been made in just the past few days out along DE 8.

Thomas says all the items the city expressed concern over in the letter are being fully addressed or have been completed. He says crews continue to move forward.

"They're working very diligently. They did lose some time this winter with the severe winter we had. But they made up good time this spring. Right now our construction management group tells me we're on schedule to open."

"If you look at the site today," said Townshend. "There's a lot to do between now and the beginning of August. But it's only the beginning of June. They have two months. But it's going to be a busy two months."

In the end, Townshend says everything boils down to safety at the school site. And Thomas says that's his district's focus as well.

The school district was actually able to start moving stuff in to the new school from the old Dover High Monday. That process will continue throughout the summer. There's a lot to move in. The new building is 300,000 sq. ft.
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