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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-05-2019

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2019 CUMBERLAND 7 CUMBERLAND – An ad hoc com- mittee that has been looking at where the Cumberland School Department should start with the $83 million bond approved by voters last fall is gearing up for two public input meetings. The first is Sept. 12, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Cumberland High School auditorium, and the second is Sept. 19, starting at 7 p.m. in the CHS transi- tional building cafeteria. School Committee Chairman Paul DiModica said the ad hoc commit- tee is made up of Supt. Bob Mitchell, Business Manager Alex Prignano, IT Director Mike Chandler, Will Dejesus from food service provider Sodexo, Louis Torrado from Torrado Architects, and two representatives from Colliers International, the town's agent supervising the work. DiModica and School Committee member Mark Fiorillo have also attended meetings. Torrado will be making a presenta- tion on the first project under the bond, Ashton Elementary improve- ments, and an overview of what work will be done at all five elementary schools, the two middle schools and the high school. "The plan selected for presenta- tion takes into consideration what is best for the elementary schools," said DiModica. Community School currently has more than 600 students and has stu- dents who attend from the Ashton and Cumberland Hill boundary lines. The recommendation by Mitchell is to return those children back to their home schools once the work is completed. The recommendation is based on the demographic study that the Rhode Island Department of Education required the school district to complete. RIDE is requiring that all the work on Cumberland school improvements be done in five years once officials get approval to commence. The plan is to close an elementary school each year over the five years. The transitional building at the high school will be made into an elementary school while all this work is going on. During the five years, the work for the high school and middle schools will be planned during the summer. Colliers has been working very closely with Torrado looking at the five elementary school properties and walking every school to make sure the plans can work within the $83 million bond, said DiModica. Today, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. the ad hoc members will be meeting in the super- intendent's conference room to final- ize the plan and talk about the public presentation. DiModica said he hopes that the School Committee takes a formal vote on Sept. 19 to recommend to the building committee the plan that members believe works best for children. School officials were originally plan- ning to go to RIDE this month for approval. "We were not ready and we discussed putting it off until February 2020 for approval," said DiModica. RIDE instead gave them until November to present for approval. "We must reach that minimum 50 percent reimbursement rate in order to proceed," he said of the Town Council's mandate that the projects hit all of the reimbursement checkmarks. Representatives from Torrado and Colliers believe the town is currently in the range of 60-65 percent reim- bursement for its projects. Two forums to be held this month on Cumberland school building plan By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com Local news. Local owners. You might think every newspaper would be like that. But they aren't. We are. No additional blockages on Crestwood Court, says Mutter CUMBERLAND – Mayor Jeff Mutter said an inspection of a sec- ond section of Crestwood Court off Bear Hill Road found no additional blockages beyond the one previ- ously found along the straightaway section of road. Mutter said the town will soon be putting out a request for proposals from companies looking to do the work of addressing a blockage that's been blamed for flooding of nearby homes. A camera only got so far before being previously stopped by the blockage. The mayor said he believes at least one person has submitted a claim for damages so far. All claims will go to the town's insurer, the Rhode Island Interlocal Trust, for consideration. Landmark offers stroke recovery workshop WOONSOCKET – Landmark Medical Center will host the free workshop Mindful Stroke Recovery, presented by Alison Bonds Shapiro, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from noon to 2 p.m., in the Christiansen Conference Center, 115 Cass Ave. To RSVP, call 401-769-4100, ext. 2091. 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