Dare Schools to host ‘school safety forum’ this month

By on January 13, 2020

Dare County Schools Superintendent John Farrelly

In the wake of social media threats that locked down and closed the three First Flight schools last month, Dare County Schools Superintendent John Farrelly has announced that there will be a “School Safety Forum” open to the Dare schools community on Jan. 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the First Flight High School Auditorium.

In a Jan. 14 email to parents and staff, Farrelly said that, “The forum will include a presentation by the Superintendent, a stakeholder panel and a question/answer session. The stakeholder panel will include Board of Education Chairman Ms. Bea Basnight and local law enforcement officials.

The question and answer portion of the agenda will be driven by the information gathered from a school safety survey that I will ask all parents and staff to take. The survey is brief but pivotal in analyzing our continuous improvement efforts in Dare County Schools. The three (3) questions you will be asked are:

1. What does Dare County Schools do well in regard to school safety for students and staff?

2. What can Dare County Schools do to improve student and staff safety?

3. What questions do you have regarding school safety?

You can find the survey by clicking here.” 

The letter added that, “Dare County Schools will also live stream the event in the media centers at both Manteo High School and Cape Hatteras Secondary School. In addition, it will provide an FAQ based on forum content to all stakeholders following the event.”

On Dec. 16, a social media threat raising the possibility of a shooting at First Flight High School led to a brief lockdown of the First Flight High, First Flight Middle and First Flight Elementary schools.

Two days later, on Dec. 18, all three First Flight Schools were closed for the day after another social media threat, this one a bomb scare, that led to a police search of the school properties.

The Dare County Sheriff’s office has said that it is pursuing charges against the student charged with posting the social media threat that led to the lockdown on Dec. 16. But it is still looking for the person responsible for the threat that closed the schools on Dec. 18.



Dare County Animal Shelter

Sealed bids for completion of the Dare County Animal Shelter will be received on February 11, 2020, in the Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo, NC, for 01-Fencing, 03- Concrete, 04-Masonry, 05-Metals/ Steel, 06-Casework, 07-Roofing, 07-Caulking, 08-Glass and Glazing, 08-Doors, Frames and Hardware, 08-Overhead Doors, 09-Drywall, 09-Flooring, 09-Painting, 10- Specialties, 12-Furnishings, 21-Fire Protection, 23-Mechanical & Plumbing, 26-Electrical, 31-Sitework and 32-Landscaping.

This project will be bid and awarded in accordance with North Carolina law. Sealed proposals from Contractors will be received until 1:00 p.m. All bidders must submit for prequalification by 2:00pm on 2/3/2020. Bids submitted by non-prequalified bidders will not be considered. All bids will be opened and read aloud starting at 2:00 p.m. of the bid day. Bids must be delivered in person and on the supplied Bid Form and include a bid deposit worth 5% of the total bid value. Electronic and faxed bids will NOT be accepted or reviewed. All times are local prevailing times.

Information requests concerning the project shall be submitted in writing to: Alex Palagyi of The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company via email (alex.palagyi@whiting-turner.com)

Bidding material, prequalification material, and complete plans and specifications may be obtained from the Whiting-Turner Building Connected site and will be available until the bid due date. All subcontractors are responsible for emailing Alex Palagyi (alex.palagyi@whiting-turner.com) for access to the Building Connected site.

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Dare County reserve the right to reject any and all bids, waive informalities and irregularities in bidding, and to accept bids which are considered to be in the best interest of the County. The Whiting Turner Contracting Company and Dare County also reserve the right to require any bidder to submit information needed to determine if said bidder is responsible within the meaning of N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-129.

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