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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 03-18-2021

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8 IN OUR SCHOOLS MARCH 18-24, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – School officials and their hired experts are moving through lengthy and complex approv- al phases as they plan to start con- struction this summer on a five-year school improvement project. Holly Demers, of Colliers International, told School Committee members at last Thursday's meet- ing that there is "lots and lots" going on related to the five-year capital plan that will impact all elementary schools. When one school is finished, she said, the energy that milestone will generate will be infectious for the dis- trict. Following an $83 million bond referendum approved by voters, $79 million has been approved to be spent across every building in the district, said Supt. Bob Mitchell. He and Demers said there's a lot of effort going into this project, particu- larly around timing to continue oper- ating schools as needed. Renovations to Cumberland Hill Elementary School and planned swing space in the transitional building at Cumberland High School are set to start after school gets out in June. Design development documents were set to be approved for submission to the Rhode Island Department of Education last Friday, March 12. The swing space is expected to be ready for the fall, when students from Cumberland Hill Elementary would move in so renovations can begin there. Once those projects are done, the district would move on to the next two projects, said Demers, with all work needing to be done within five years. The School Committee and Chairwoman Karen Freedman plan to have a standing agenda item on regu- lar meetings to discuss progress on the project. Demers said this is a cumbersome process, with every project need- ing reviews at the schematic, design, and construction documents phases. Schematics for Cumberland Hill and the swing space were approved Feb. 17. Construction documents are expected in mid-April, and Demers said there have been very positive responses to school designs to this point. She expects contractors to be chosen in June so construction can begin at the start of the summer. Both projects are right on point with budgets, she said, with no issues. The committee covered numerous other topics, including some of the following (additional ones will be cov- ered next week): • Mitchell and the committee rec- ognized McCourt Middle School educator Mary Chandler for winning School board hears update on school renovation projects By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Editor See RENOVATIONS, Page 24 INCOME TAX PREPARATION TAX PROFESSIONALS • INVESTMENT ADVISORS • IRAs 2374 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland, RI 02864 401-475-7570 WE CAN PREPARE & FILE FULLY REMOTELY, NO PERSON-TO-PERSON CONTACT REQUIRED Prompt, professional tax service. Call today! Oster law offices TRUSTED FOR THREE GENERATIONS Robert D. Oster, Esq. Are you prepared? 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