Schools planning open houses

Published 8:59 am Thursday, August 3, 2017

With the start of school just a month away for most students, open houses, orientation, a ribbon cutting and tours of the new Davie High will make for a busy August.

At the July 11 school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Darrin Hartness recognized Jim Moorefield, project manager, for his work at the new high school.

“It’s been such a pleasure to be able to say we are on time and on budget, and that wouldn’t have been possible without this man. We probably drove you nuts with all the questions we had for you,” Hartness said to Moorefield.

Working often in the middle of the night or early in the morning and spending countless hours on site, Moorefield was “so gracious and worked so hard,” Hartness said, before presenting Moorefield with a plaque.

Finance Officer Deborah Miller said 83 percent of the budget, $51.9 million, has been paid out as of June 6, adding, “The school is on schedule and within budget.”

A savings of more than $250,000 was realized when the low bid of $439,819 was accepted for demolition of the majority of the “old high school,” as it was referred to during the meeting. The budgeted amount was $704,000. Work by Safeco Environmental is expected to begin Sept. 15 and end Jan. 15, 2018.

Tours of Davie High are scheduled for Aug. 17, starting at 3:30 p.m. A ribbon cutting will take place at 4:30, and additional tours are planned after the ribbon cutting, up to 6 p.m.

Freshman orientation will be Aug. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m., with open house planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug/ 24.

Open house at the Early College for freshman will be Aug. 3 from 6- 7:30 p.m. and the first day of Early College is Aug. 8.

Sixth graders’ open houses are Aug. 23 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. On Aug. 24, seventh and eighth grade open houses are 4:30-6:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. for elementary schools.