New North Dorchester High School moves closer to reality

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff Dorchester County officials gathered Monday to sign the Guaranteed Maximum Price Amendment to the Construction Contract for the Replacement of North Dorchester High School. Pictured from left, seated are Philip L. Bramble Jr., president of the Dorchester board of education; Supt. Wagner; Jim Martini, vice president of Whiting-Turner Contracting, the general contractor and Ricky Travers, president of the Dorchester County Council. Standing from left are Tim Brooke, DCPS comptroller; Sam Slacum, DCPS project manager; LeOtha Hull and Glen Payne, DCPS board; Glenn Bramble, DCPS board vice president; Chris Hague, DCPS facilities engineer; Greg Ritter, Whiting-Turner senior project manager; Dr. Lorenzo Hughes, DCPS assistant superintendent for instruction; Tom Bradshaw, councilman; Lynn Sorrells, NDHS principal; Don Satterfield, councilman; Dwayne Abt, DCPS assistant superintendent and Rick Price,  councilman.

Dorchester Banner/Bob Zimberoff
Dorchester County officials gathered Monday to sign the Guaranteed Maximum Price Amendment to the Construction Contract for the Replacement of North Dorchester High School. Pictured from left, seated are Philip L. Bramble Jr., president of the Dorchester board of education; Supt. Wagner; Jim Martini, vice president of Whiting-Turner Contracting, the general contractor and Ricky Travers, president of the Dorchester County Council. Standing from left are Tim Brooke, DCPS comptroller; Sam Slacum, DCPS project manager; LeOtha Hull and Glen Payne, DCPS board; Glenn Bramble, DCPS board vice president; Chris Hague, DCPS facilities engineer; Greg Ritter, Whiting-Turner senior project manager; Dr. Lorenzo Hughes, DCPS assistant superintendent for instruction; Tom Bradshaw, councilman; Lynn Sorrells, NDHS principal; Don Satterfield, councilman; Dwayne Abt, DCPS assistant superintendent and Rick Price, councilman.


CAMBRIDGE — The building of the new North Dorchester High School moved from concept to construction Monday with the signing of an important document.

Dr. Henry V. Wagner Jr., superintendent of Dorchester County Public Schools, along with other officials, signed the Guaranteed Maximum Price Amendment to the Construction Contract for the school.

“This replacement North Dorchester High School project has been a classical example,” of the community working together, Dr. Wagner said. There was “an undeniable relationship of trust among the educational and community and policy makers. That is our board of education and our county council.”

According to Dwayne Abt, DCPS assistant superintendent, the construction cost is $43.1 million with an additional cost of roughly $8 million to furnish and equip the school. The new NDHS is set to open in August 2019. Dr. Wagner said construction will begin in late September.

Ricky Travers, president of the Dorchester County Council, said this marks the end of a long process to get to the construction phase, including a fight for funding from Annapolis.

“It’s a very good project, especially to our taxpayers,” Mr. Travers said. The council president said he now looks forward to the groundbreaking, cutting the ribbon and the first day for students at the new school.

According to Philip L. Bramble Jr., president of the DCPS Board of Education, the current high school first opened in 1954.

“It’s taken a while for this to happen but it has happened. It’s my opinion it’s long overdue,” Mr. Bramble said. He thanked members of the county council for their work. “Obviously, without their support, we wouldn’t be here today.”

The new school will be a multi-story structure built close to the old high school with a new athletic facility between the new building and the current middle school. The athletic complex will include a new track and playing fields to accommodate soccer, baseball, softball, additional practice fields and a new athletics building.
The main school will be a multi-story building with lots of glass and lights, attractive from both outside and inside, in the daytime and at night. It also will include a 650-seat theater and music rooms.

“Today, we transition from concept to reality, a reality for which the North Dorchester community has so patiently waited,” Dr. Wagner said of the document signing. “To everyone who has helped in any way thus far, or who will help in the next phase, please accept our sincerest thanks. … We’ll have groundbreaking in the next few weeks and we are on our way.”

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