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The North Providence Breeze 04-10-2019

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6 IN OUR SCHOOLS APRIL 10-16, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION School health and safety improvements planned for summer Approved under $75 million school construction bond NORTH PROVIDENCE – As construction on two of the town's state-of-the-art elementary school buildings nears completion, health and safety upgrades are also being made to six other school facilities across town as part of the $75 million proj- ect approved by voters in November 2016. The $75 million bond called for the demolition of two elementary schools, McGuire and Stephen Olney, and the decommissioning of Marieville Elementary,a nd roughly $10 million in upgrades to the town's remain- ing school facilities. Those additional improvements were planned in the name of equity. The upgrades planned for exist- ing school buildings for this summer include: North Providence High School The bulk of the work on North Providence High School, expected to take place from June 13 to Aug. 15, is centered on heating, ventila- tion and air conditioning technology. Two rooftop units will be rebuilt and five will be replaced to improve air circulation in the school after it was discovered that its central exhaust fans were breaking down. Design plans are being worked on for the fans, which will cost roughly $4,500 not including installation. Abatement work on the school was also done in mid-March, with further work planned for April vacation. The school is also slated to receive upgrades to its fire alarm system – though the price of that work is cur- rently in question after asbestos was found. Birchwood Middle School Birchwood was also flagged for HVAC work to improve air quality, which will be done by replacing three rooftop units. Ricci Middle School Upgrades at Ricci focus on the sin- gular issue of cracking in the school's concrete walls. A group of engineers has been hired to study the problem and offer recommendations for solu- tions. Town and school officials said they might solicit a cost estimate once those final engineering reports are completed, but that they hope the money will be covered by insurance as an emergency repair. Drawings were submitted to Gilbane for cost estimates. In the meantime, officials receive a monthly statement from the engineers ensuring them that the building remains safe to occupy. They have identified no measurable move- ment since November of last year. Centredale Elementary School Torrado Architects is working with the Rhode Island Department of Education to finalize site improve- ments for Centredale School's traffic pattern. After considering four design options, the Facilities Committee recently chose to move forward with the option that would create nearly double the parking and conform to RIDE's parking standards. Before the next meeting with RIDE, Torrado will be tasked with estimating the cost of the proposal. Greystone Elementary School Four bathrooms at Greystone will be renovated under the current health and safety improvement plan. In addition, ADA improvements will be made to the school's entryway, and the canopy will be renovated. Work is scheduled to begin mid-June and end by Aug. 19. Whelan Elementary School No further improvements are planned for Whelan at this time. The school's roof was replaced in 2017. By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer NORTH PROVIDENCE – After parents and guardians were informed of their elementary-aged children's school placement last month in the wake of redistricting efforts, the School Committee is working through more than 100 appeals from those hoping to change their child's assignment. At the end of March, Supt. Joe Goho said an appeals committee met for several hours to thoroughly examine all of the appeals, noting that there were up to 120 or more appeals at that time. "We want to try to accommodate as many families as we can, know- ing that we also have contractual class size limitations and enrollment limitations to consider. We want to be very thoughtful with this process," Goho said. Regarding transportation, Goho said school leaders met with mem- bers of the bus company, Durham School Services, to "outline our expectations, the timelines and exact- ly what it is that we need so that we have enough time to be thoughtful about our transportation routes." The goal, according to Goho, is to have a draft transportation plan by April 22, and to have that plan brought before the School Committee at its April meeting. School Committee Chairman Frank Pallotta said that company represen- tatives said they would have it by April 12. "I do want to publicly say that Durham said repeatedly and clearly that they would meet our expecta- tions and they would meet our time- lines," Goho said. "We did remind them of some of the things that have occurred in the past and some of the things that continue to occur. Thus far the whole redistricting process has going remarkably well and we don't want busing or Durham to be the last leg or the component that puts a glitch in what thus far has been a very professionally run and success- ful community endeavor." Parents of children whose appeals are granted will not be provided with busing. The final piece of the redistrict- ing process, according to Goho, has been finalizing a new staffing plan, which came about as a result of the redistricting changes and closing of Marieville Elementary School. Goho said he has met for several hours with human resources and the union to "put the final touches on a process that's going to allow us to post open positions very shortly and then fill them in an expedient man- ner that allows us to adhere to the contract and also hopefully put the best qualified people in the best posi- tions." Redistricting appeals period closes; committee receives more than 100 requests By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer 'We want to try to accom- modate as many families as we can. ... We want to be very thoughtful with this process.' JOSEPH GOHO Schools Superintendent S STANLEY TREE Since 1986 • Professional High Quality Service At Reasonable Rates • Licensed Arborists • Serving RI & Nearby Mass. • Our Team Of Professionals Is Fully Equipped To Handle Your Job In A Safe Efficient Manner N. 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