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The Valley Breeze & Observer 07-03-2019

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SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | JULY 3-10, 2019 SCITUATE / NORTH COUNTY 3 SMITHFIELD – The School Committee last week got into the specifics of elementary school reconfiguration as part of Stage III planning last week. Supt. Judy Paolucci said during the June 27 school board meeting that the "big ideas" of the recon- figuration plan have not changed, and new design plans by DBVW architects include requirements by the Rhode Island Department of Education related to space needs in classrooms. Paolucci said the School Building Committee and Colliers International, the operations proj- ect manager, met with teachers and administrators in each school to ensure their needs were met and appropriate spaces were made for each school. Those spaces include adding spe- cial needs education rooms, add- ing "maker spaces," and creating areas for small group instruction. She said each school has a space for a possible "bubble classroom" should an enrollment boost occur. "This took a lot of time really thinking about where in the build- ing each of these small rooms should be," Paolucci said. School Committee Chairwoman Rose Marie Cipriano said the Building Committee and designer are taking a closer look at plans to ensure financial feasibility and that they meet Rhode Island Department of Education building requirements. Paolucci said the Stage II sub- mission to RIDE showed a range of choices, but didn't get into spe- cifics or show a variety of space for specific functions that the schools need. Anna McCabe Elementary School Winsor Elementary School, 562 Putnam Pike, will close and students will join Anna McCabe Elementary School, at 100 Pleasant View Ave. Paolucci said McCabe will have the same number of classrooms with four classrooms per grade located in the same area of the building for better collaboration. She said it was essential to make McCabe feel like one school after the merge with Winsor, which she feels is addressed in the new designs. The music room was undersized in the earlier plan, but complies with RIDE specifications now. The media center is twice as large as initially designed, which will allow for a common learning area for classrooms. A new room is being added for health class, called the learn- ing wellness lab to accommodate health teachers. Paolucci said a lot of work went into the cafeteria area to make sure it was large enough to accom- modate students and have an appropriate service area. She said the most significant dif- ference in the plan protects the wetland area around the school by keeping the entrance in the front instead of the side as previously proposed. LaPerche Elementary School Paolucci said the number of classrooms at LaPerche, 11 Limerock Road, will remain the same, but Stage III plans have added a few key spaces, such as a gross motor area in the early learning center, bringing the early learning coordinator into the building, and designing the art room to be used for multiple pur- poses. Paolucci said Stage II designs for LaPerche included the costly movement of the baseball field and an external gymnasium, but Stage III design plans will keep the gym in place. Instead, designers are plac- ing doors to limit access into the school to allow for external uses and rentals. "This obviously will decrease costs a bit," Paolucci said. She said adequate storage will be added to the school as well, elimi- nating the need to use the gym as a storage facility. Stage III design plans will also include classrooms for inclusive special education previously miss- ing from plans. Latest designs address space in elementary schools By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has started phase one of a project to number and replace the HIGHWAY EXIT SIGNS ALONG ROUTE 146. All exit signs from the North Smithfield/Lincoln town line to the state line are expected to be replaced by the fall, with replacement of the remainder of the signs scheduled to start next summer. NORTH SMITHFIELD – A $9.5 million project to replace and number the highway signs along Route 146 is now underway in North Smithfield, where new exit number signs have been popping up along previously unnumbered highway exits. The project is part of a four- year effort by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to renumber its highways along mile- based units. In fall of 2017, the state completed renumbering of exits on Route 295. According to an announcement by RIDOT, phase one of the proj- ect, which includes the numbering and replacement of highway signs along Route 146 from the North Smithfield/Lincoln town line to the state line, is scheduled for completion in the fall. This phase of the project is expected to cost $3.1 million. Phase two of the project will include the replacement and num- bering of signs along the remain- der of Route 146 from Lincoln to Providence and is expected to begin next summer with a $6.4 million price tag. All of the work is scheduled for completion by the end of 2021. The new exit numbers will begin with Exit 1 at Branch Avenue head- ing northbound from Providence and conclude with Exit 14 at School Street/Victory Highway. There will be no exit number for the intersec- tion with Sayles Hill Road and Iron Mine Hill Road in North Smithfield. In addition to the new exit num- ber signs, the project includes the replacement of overhead guide sign panels on 40 overhead and 110 ground-mounted structures along the 16-mile length of Route 146. According to RIDOT, the current Route 146 getting new mile-based highway exit signs By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com See EXIT SIGNS, Page 15 See SCHOOLS, Page 12 OSTER law offices TRUSTED FOR THREE GENERATIONS Robert D. Oster, Esq. & Sarah Oster Kelly, Esq. Have you had your legal checkup? Call our office for a review of your will and estate planning documents Rhode Island does not have a procedure for certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. Estate Planning 640 George Washington Hwy. Building B, Suite 103, P.O. 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