Dare Schools ‘confident’ FFES, FFMS will be cleared to open, await air quality test results

By on August 21, 2023

The Dare County Schools issued this Aug. 21 update on “emergency mold mitigation and air quality restoration services” at First Flight Middle and Elementary Schools one week before the beginning of the school year. While still awaiting the results of air quality testing, the district expressed confidence the schools would be cleared to open on time.

During an Aug. 16 emergency meeting, the Dare County Board of Education approved a $933,000 contract with Builder Services to begin immediate work on the mold and humidity problems.

Here is the Aug. 21 update.

Emergency mold mitigation and air quality restoration services at First Flight Elementary (FFES) and Flight Middle (FFMS) are on schedule to be completed and ready for air quality testing by the end of the day Monday, Aug. 21.

Mold mitigation and air quality control experts from Builder Services are finalizing cleaning efforts with FFES approximately 95% complete and FFMS at 90% complete. Based on their positive progress reports, the district is confident both schools will be cleared to open following a confirmed air quality report. Staff are scheduled to return Wednesday, Aug. 23; prior to the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 28.

FFES and FFMS will postpone their Aug. 24 open house events to allow teachers additional time to reset their classrooms after the extensive cleaning process. School principals will announce updated event details with students and their families soon. Dare County Schools maintenance staff are working in tandem with Builder Services to clean the remaining HVAC vents and returns in FFMS’ gym and cafeteria with HEPA vacuums. Maintenance staff are also working to replace air filters, coils, and stained ceiling tiles, as well as seal off porous interior surfaces.

During inspection, a damaged drainpipe was identified as an area of concern. Maintenance staff are working on repairing the pipe and rerouting it away from the building to prevent future moisture retention and mold growth. Dare County Schools expects to receive the initial air quality test results this evening that were taken prior to cleanup.

A second industrial hygienist will be at both schools Tuesday, Aug. 22 to take on-site readings. Builder Services is also conducting testing and will provide the district and staff members with air quality level reports in each room before and after restoration efforts.

The Incident Response Team met today at noon to discuss updates and communication plans. Sheila Davies, Dare County’s Director of Health and Human Services, announced that her department will meet with Builder Services to tour the schools and review air quality reports Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 9 a.m. The team plans to meet again Tuesday afternoon.


Barnhill Contracting Company will receive sealed proposals for Manns Harbor – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-8), Kitty Hawk – EMS/Fire Facility (EMS-9), Manteo – Youth Center on January 09, 2024. Times to be given on via addendum #01. See the following SCOPE OF WORK: BP 100 – General Trades, BP 105 – Final Cleaning, BP 205 – Demolition, BP 390 – Turnkey Concrete, BP 400 – Turnkey Masonry, BP 500 – Turnkey Structural Steel & Misc. Steel, BP 505 – Light Gauge Metal Trusses, BP 740 – Roofing, BP750 – Siding, BP 790 – Caulking/Sealants, BP 800 – Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware/Toilet Specialties/Accessories/Division 10, BP 840 – Curtainwall/Storefront/Glass/Glazing, BP 925 – Drywall/Framing, BP 960 – Resilient Flooring/Carpet/Base/Epoxy, BP 980 – Acoustical Ceilings, BP 990 – Painting and Wall Coverings, BP 1230 – Finish Carpentry and Casework, BP 1250 – Window Treatments, BP 2100 – Fire Protection, BP 2200 – Plumbing, BP 2300 – HVAC, BP 2600 – Electrical, BP 3100 – Earthwork/Turnkey Site, BP 3213- Site Concrete, BP 3290 – Landscaping. Scopes of work may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager.

Bid Location and Time: Bid opening will be held in the Barnhill Contracting Rocky Mount Training & GPS Technology Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Time is as follows: January 09, 2024 at 10:00am and 2:00pm. Times per packages to be given on via addendum #01.

Barnhill Contracting Company will receive, open, and read publicly all bids received in person in the Training & GPS Technology Room at the main office and listed with the virtual viewing at the link to be posted on Barnhill’s Plan Room.

Bids will not be accepted from bidders that are not pre-qualified. No facsimile or email submissions are permitted. Sealed bids are to be hand delivered to the bid opening location noted above or mailed Sealed Bids can be delivered before 9:00am the day of the bid to the Barnhill Contracting Company Office at 800 Tiffany Blvd., Suite 200 Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Attention “Clint Hardison.”

The pre-bid meeting will be held in Person & Zoom Meeting on December 06, 2023 at 10:00 am at the Barnhill Contracting’s Rocky Mount Main Conference Room: 800 Tiffany Bvld, Rocky Mount, NC 27804.

The pre-bid meeting link can be located on Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room ( https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b) and below. A preferred brand alternates meeting will be held via the same link at the end of the Prebid meeting.

Bid Documents can be viewed or downloaded through Barnhill’s online Building Division Plan Room (https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b) after 12/04/2023.

All Bidders are strongly encouraged to include opportunities for HUB participation wherever possible in their respective Bid submission.  HUB participation is a part of this contract and must comply with all requirements set forth in the Bid Documents.

The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to add pre-qualified bidders. The Construction Manager and Owner reserve the right to reject any and all bids. Should you require additional direction, please call Barnhill Contracting Company, (Clint Hardison – 252-802-0740).

Clint Hardison is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Dare EMS – Phase 2 Pre-Bid Conference

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  • Grandyguy

    thank goodness they discovered the problem before the kiddos started the new school year

    Tuesday, Aug 22 @ 2:37 pm