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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 07-23-2020

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JULY 23-29, 2020 LINCOLN 7 LINCOLN – The Lincoln School Department has engaged the Robinson Green Beretta Corp., or RGB Architects, to help establish a five-year visioning plan for the dis- trict. The capital improvement plan, a requirement of the Rhode Island Department of Education, outlines the district's basic goals for improv- ing its school buildings. Since Lincoln High School is in the middle of construction on an exten- sion renovation and new addition, the bulk of Lincoln's five-year plan will focus on addressing the needs of the town's aging elementary schools, with some work planned for Lincoln Middle School. Representatives from RGB present- ed a basic rundown of the district's five-year plan during Monday night's School Committee. The firm outlined five potential options for Lincoln to pursue. • Option one would reconfigure elementary schools to create one early childhood center (pre-k through grade 2) at Northern Elementary School and three upper schools for grades 3-5. Northern's cafeteria would be expanded by 38,000 square feet, allowing pre-k enrollment to jump by roughly half. • The second option would expand Lonsdale Elementary by 9,500 square feet and expand the cafeteria for approximately 55 students. • Under the third option, LMS would be reorganized to house grades 5-8, and each of the elemen- tary schools would undergo a small reconfiguration to maximize student capacity. • Option four shows an alterna- tive early childhood center model at Saylesville Elementary School, recon- figuring the others to house grades 2-5 while adding 25,300 square feet to Saylesville. • The final option includes expand- ing both Lonsdale and Central Elementary Schools. Each option promises additional renovations and improvements, such as 21st century furniture and technol- ogy, improvements at LHS including roof replacements, administrative parking, tennis courts and landscap- ing updates and site improvements to existing athletic fields at LMS. The general priorities RGB out- lined are as follows: • To move toward the "Highlander model" of education and provide new blended learning opportunities. • To provide an "extended learning environment" in a central location at all elementary schools. • To provide flexible and collabora- tive furniture. • To streamline a cohesive and equitable "branding" from elemen- tary to high school buildings. • And to address health and safety concerns and "building envelope improvements" at each facility. The goal of the plan, they said, is to create a sense of united identity across Lincoln schools, and to bring "a sense of inclusivity" to Lincoln schools, no matter the grade level. Improvements at the district's ele- mentary schools could include break- out spaces and learning commons, where students of various grade lev- els would be able to interact. There's a strong focus in the plan on technology improvements and blended learning, acknowledging the potential for distance learning in the future. The five-year planning process, according to associate principals at RGB Andrew Barkley and Tracey Donnelly, began several months ago with surveying school leaders and educators to "take the temperature of the schools and get a sense of their conditions now, what they think is great and what can be improved." Along with those surveys, they asked 4th and 5th-grade students for their input, and conducted numerous digital workshop sessions to discuss ideas for new and improved learn- ing spaces, specialized programs, technology, leadership and safety/ security. Supt. Larry Filippelli said Lincoln stands to receive a "pretty good reim- bursement" from the state if it meets certain criteria. "The more work and approvals we get now, the better position we will be in when our stu- dent enrollment increases in the next few years," he said. RGB Architects present options in five-year plan for Lincoln School Department By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer DAR announces winners of Good Citizens Award LINCOLN – The Rhode Island Daughters of the American Revolution announced the state winners of the Good Citizens Award, a yearly scholarship pro- gram that honors high school seniors who demonstrate depend- ability, service, leadership and patriotism. From the Beacon Pole Hill Chapter, the winners include Amanda Allen, of Lincoln High School, Elizabeth Charpentier, of Burrillville High School, and Aiden Turner, of Mount Saint Charles Academy. High schools from around Rhode Island each nominated one outstanding student to apply for the program and compete for the scholarship. Nominated students completed a thorough application, includ- ing a detailed resume and short answers in outline format, letters of recommendation, a transcript and an essay. This year's essay topic asked students to consider ways that they could inspire their generation to become engaged citizens and take responsibility for preserving America's heritage. The essay topic changes each year. A panel of judges selected the state winners from 16 entrants. As in past years, all applicants dem- onstrated high levels of engage- ment in their school, local and religious communities.

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