New Rehoboth Elementary School Celebrates Groundbreaking
On Wednesday, April 11 administrators, teachers, community members and legislators gathered together to hold a ceremonial groundbreaking event for the new Rehoboth Elementary School.
In 2016, Cape Henlopen School District held a referendum asking voters to approve two new elementary schools, one for H.O. Brittingham and one for Rehoboth Elementary. In addition to that, voters were asked to approve renovations and an addition to be added to Milton Elementary and the current Lewes School located on Savannah Road. With the passing of this referendum by 74% voter approval, the construction began with the new H.O. Brittingham in spring of 2017, which currently is on schedule to open its doors in the fall of 2018. Rehoboth Elementary, the third new elementary school to be constructed after Love Creek Elementary and H.O. Brittingham, began site work in January of 2018.
“R.Y. Johnson & Son are continuing their great work with all our construction projects and are keeping us on schedule and on budget with this new project for Rehoboth Elementary School,” said Brian Bassett, CHSD Director of Capital Projects. “Tetra-Tech has done a great job designing all three elementary schools to be similar structurally, but the color schemes, theme, and décor will bring in elements of the boardwalk and beach life.” There are also plans to utilize some of the historic elements of the old building in the design of the new elementary school. “We realize how important the history is of this building to the local community and alumni, so we’re excited with our ideas on how we will incorporate that history,” Bassett continued. “We’re hoping to share some of these ideas with the public in the next few months, so stay tuned!”
Rehoboth Elementary is set for completion in the fall of 2019. Once the new building is ready to open, the K-1 building and the 2-5 building currently on site will be knocked down. “We realize this is a process and we’re very grateful to have the support of the community and the families in the District,” said Bassett. “We are confident everyone will be as excited and happy about the new elementary school as we are.”
For more information on all of the current District-wide capital projects, visit the website www.capehenlopenschools.com.