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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-18-2021

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | FEBRUARY 18-24, 2021 LINCOLN / CUMBERLAND 7 Committee meeting. If it was not later approved by the Building Committee, the valve replacement would come out of the School Department budget. When the issue of the culinary gas was brought to the Building Committee, Michael Babbitt expressed confusion about why the work was already approved. Armand Milazzo, non-instructional operations director, said the area filled up with gas "and the Fire Department had to get the people out of there." Asked how the oversight occurred, Chad Healey, of Colliers International, said pilot light detec- tion systems are often built into units, but the appliances ordered for the culinary wing didn't include a built-in leak detection system. Supt. Larry Filippelli said the problem was out of anyone's con- trol, but that the school was left with "gas filling up in a room, the Fire Department needing to come, and people needing to be evacuated." Lincoln High School Principal Rob Mezzanotte said, "I could really go off for a minute about the amount of instructional opportunities kids are missing out on this year. I've got to be adamant about this. This is not good education right now, when a lot of our programs are being shorted." He added, "These kids have one opportunity in high school and there are a lot of things they're missing out on right now." Babbitt said he would not vote to approve the work, but in renovat- ing an aging building, "we knew this was going to happen sooner or later. It doesn't make sense to just throw money at this and say 'hurry up and get it done' when we don't know what we're paying for," he said, ask- ing for a breakdown of the $18,000 price. Healey said that information has been requested from Gilbane. "We understand this is an emer- gency and we didn't want to hold off until we had all of our ducks in a row before presenting this to you," he said, to which Babbitt replied, "We don't have any ducks." Turning the discussion back to stu- dent instruction, Mezzanotte said the decision isn't about the money. "The cost of delaying this, if we have to put this area offline for an extended period of time … we have a hard enough time getting stu- dents in the building this year given COVID. Many students state that programs like art and culinary are the reason they come to school," he said. "By putting that program offline for a month or longer, we're seriously impacting kids." The vote to approve the work passed, with Babbitt, O'Connell, and Public Works Director Michael Gagnon voting against. Among other project changes dis- cussed during the Feb. 11 meeting, a recent discovery of rotted material in the wing currently undergoing reno- vations will likely result in unforeseen costs to the project. The exact cost impact was not yet known as of last week's Building Committee meeting when Healey announced the finding. He said construction company Gilbane alerted Colliers of the potentially rotted decking last week. Discovered near the second-floor bathrooms in the building's "D-wing" during demolition, the field decking will likely need to be reworked, rein- forced or replaced. "This is a new discovery … an unforeseen condition that we encoun- tered recently," Healey said, adding that the entirety of phase three of the project on the second floor could be impacted. "If it needs to be replaced, we'd be having to deal with the second floor slab. We're looking to see if there's something we can do structurally," he said. Asked by O'Connell whether the work would run to $50,000, $150,000 or $1 million, Healey said he couldn't be sure yet. Colliers had scheduled a meeting late last week with SMMA, the project architect, to explore their options, and Healey said he didn't feel comfortable providing a potential price tag for the work until then. "It has the potential to be rather expensive and rather involved to handle," he said. CHS National Honor Society food drive begins Feb. 22 CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland High School National Honor Society is organizing a food drive to benefit the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry that will begin on Monday, Feb. 22, running until Friday, March 12. Collection boxes will be located at all schools in the district for students to drop off nonperishable food items. Food collected will be distributed to members of the community. Contact Brendan at bjohnson21@ students.cumberlandschools.org with any questions. Here is an addition to our February Birthday Club: FEB. 15 Jack Robert Ryan, Happy 17th Birthday, Jack! It's such a gift to have a grandson like you who brightens our lives and fills each day with joy. Your talents and ambitions are limitless. We love you so much, Grammy and Papa. GAS VALVES From Page 2 BIRTHDAY CLUB CUMBERLAND NEWS Baby sign language class via Cumberland Library CUMBERLAND – Learn how to teach a baby American Sign Language with a certified instruc- tor by taking a four-week class on Thursdays beginning March 11, from 10 to 10:45 a.m., via Zoom. This virtual series is for babies 6 months old to pre-verbal to attend with an adult. Registration is for all four classes, and space is limited. Registration is required before March 1. Visit www.cumberlandli- brary.org . 401-333-2552, ext. 3. 55 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI 401-723-3400 Helping you See Since 1933! 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