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 Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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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