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This Delaware school’s Mandarin immersion is so popular they’re adding four classrooms to the building

February 26, 2022
Two-story addition to Downes Elementary to accommodate four more classrooms for its growing Mandarin Immersion program.

From The Newark Post

By Matt Hooke mhooke@chespub.comJan 19, 2022

Plans for a two-story addition to Downes Elementary School in Newark, Deleware, which will add four classrooms to accommodate the growing Chinese immersion program, moved a bit closer to fruition last week when the Christina School Board approved construction documents for the project.

Due to inflation and supply chain issues increasing construction costs across the country, the project is estimated to cost $577,022 more than the initial $2.2 million estimate, Christina officials acknowledged last week. The base bid, which does not include additional HVAC, flooring or a repaving of the play area, is $143,364 over budget, according to information provided to the school board by the architecture firm.

George Wicks, supervisor of facilities and planning, said up to $100,000 left over from the renovations to the Christiana High School agricultural science classrooms can be used to help fund the Downes addition. The cost estimate also targets the median bid, so there will likely be contractors who offer to do the project for a cheaper cost, according to Wicks.

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