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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-22-2020

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 22-28, 2020 PAWTUCKET 7 The School Committee was set to vote Tuesday, April 21, to approve a $463,380 bid from Johnston- based AA Asbestos Abatement. That approval was delayed after school board members decided to make sure the company was includ- ing all required work in its bid sub- mission, since its bid was $260,000 lower than the next highest bidder, Costello Dismantling, at $724,000. The planned replacement of Winters continues the district's aggressive initiative to renovate or replace all outdated schools, using a portion of $220 million approved by voters two years ago. Some 80 percent of the money being spent will be reimbursed by the state. School Committee Chairman Jay Charbonneau said members had the owner's project manager and architect sit with both low bidders to ensure that they covered the full scope of work in their bids. At an April 9 budget workshop, the committee voted to move to the interview phase of the approval process for both architectural ser- vices related to a new Winters and design for new swing space at the former St. Leo's Church and rec- tory on Central Avenue, where Winters students will go while their school is rebuilt. Charbonneau said at the April 9 meeting that rather than call anoth- er meeting, the School Committee was going to move forward with the demolition without the input of the school facilities committee. The building needs to come down one way or another, he said, and doing it this way is in no way diminishing the work of that committee. Also at that meeting, the com- mittee heard from Supt. Cheryl McWilliams and CFO Melissa Devine on a 2020-2021 school budget, including numerous new and continued education initiatives. Charbonneau called it a "really solid budget" and commended McWilliams and Devine for work- ing with limited funds while still delivering the best education pos- sible. Despite level funding from the city at $32.8 million, the schools are still seeing an increase of $2.73 million due to the state delivering more aid in the coming year. WINTERS From Page One St. Teresa Seniors will recess until September PAWTUCKET – St. Teresa's Seniors will recess until Thursday, Sept. 3. The existing officers have vol- unteered to serve extended terms until the club is able to reconvene. All activities are suspended until Sept. 3, including the planned trips to Martha's Vineyard and Newport. Members will be reimbursed for payments in the near future. Meetings will take place in the church hall at 358 Newport Ave. New members are welcome. The board, led by Deb Seaton, extends their condolences to those members who have experienced a loss.

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