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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-06-2019

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6 LINCOLN JUNE 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION LINCOLN – The Building Committee is exploring options for functional and comfortable furni- ture at the future new Lincoln High School, including student and teach- er desks and chairs. Rob Fogarty, the furniture and equipment consultant for project architect SMMA, visited the school two weeks ago with samples for stu- dents, teachers and members of the committee to test drive. LHS Principal Kevin McNamara said he's looking for the best value for the long term, hoping to get "every nickel's worth" for the piec- es, which need to be durable to save on repair and replace- ment costs. English Department Chairman Jay Schofield, whose students tested some of the chairs and desks in his classroom, said he likes that the fur- niture "breaks the mold" of what's typically seen in classrooms today. Going forward, "we don't want rows and rows of tables." Some of the desk designs would allow students to more conveniently work in pairs or small groups, and also make it easier to rearrange a classroom. It's unclear as of now how the fur- niture will be paid for under the cur- rent project budget, as the $910,000 furniture and equipment line had been previously removed from the budget and transferred to construc- tion costs. Fogarty said he will be gather- ing information on which furniture options stakeholders find most appealing, then explore the bud- get and determine whether those options are affordable. He said officials will "reduce costs without reducing quality" where necessary. If all goes as planned, in just over six months the first portion of the Lincoln High School construction/ renovation project will be complete. Steel is going up at the front and back of the existing school structure. Seen from Old River Road, the school's future classroom addition is now taking shape in the space where the former entrance once stood prior to demolition. The steel frame will house the bulk of the school's new classroom space, in addition to its dining commons, media center, administration and guidance offices and nurses suite. It is expected to be completed by February of next year. Project Manager Charlie Roberts said underground electrical work behind the school was ongoing, in addition to: installing new drainage, excavating for plumbing lines and pouring concrete floor slaps and stairs. Masonry work was also scheduled to begin late this week as crews start- ed laying out new concrete walls. LHS Building Committee samples new furniture By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com MCNAMARA SMMA furniture and equipment consultant ROB FOGARTY holds up one example of a potential student chair that the Lincoln High School Building Committee will be considering for purchase. WHEN Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 6 p.m. -9 p.m. FREE TRAINING! WHERE Lincoln Youth Rec. Centre 35 School Street, Albion, RI REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Limited seats are available. Participants MUST be registered. Please contact The Lincoln Prevention Coalition 333-8426 S.T.O.P. SERVER TRAINING Participants MUST be registered. Please contact The Lincoln Prevention Coalition 333-8426 FREE TRAINING This training is paid for & sponsored by the Lincoln Prevention Coalition WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Everyone who sells or serves alcoholic beverages needs Server Training! Upon successful completion of the S.T.O.P. Training Workshop, you and your employees will know: How to Check I D's *How to use the underage book *How to comply with the laws that govern alcohol service *How to recognize the real effects of alcohol *How to identify potentially troublesome drinkers *How to avoid difficult situations before they become a problem *How to prepare for and enlist police involvement when necessary

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