In April 2017, North Smithfield Schools contracted with the architectural and engineering firm SMMA (http://www.smma.com) to help develop a Master Education and Facilities Plan. SMMA was chosen due to its extensive experience developing similar plans for K-12 school districts throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
For North Smithfield, this plan will include decommissioning Halliwell Elementary School. address NEASC Accreditation issues at North Smithfield High School (locker rooms, science labs, and 21st century skills/spaces) and a map as to how to best fix, improve, and maintain our facilities in order to support instruction now and into the future. North Smithfield Schools is following the clearly defined Necessity of School Construction process defined by the Rhode Island Department of Education.
NECESSITY OF SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
The Necessity of School Construction process is a multi-stage application that requires LEAs to conduct thorough facility assessments toward the creation of an efficient and prudent masterplan. Once reviewed, vetted, and prioritized by the School Building Authority, the SBA Advisory Board will recommend projects for approval by the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education. Approved projects are eligible for State aid through one of two mechanisms: Housing Aid reimbursement or SBA Capital Fund progress payments. (
2017-2018 Necessity of School Construction Deadlines
NS School Building Committee
Michael St. Jean
Master Plan and Stage I Volumes 1 and 2 (submitted 10/16/17)
STAGE II (submitted 2/1/18)
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