No, this is not a war-zone image from CNN. This is the second floor of North Smithfield High School where demolition has begun to prepare the way for construction of two new science labs and renovations to three old labs. Throughout the summer, three classrooms on the second floor will be converted to two new science labs. Below these labs, our first floor science labs currently have no ceilings to facilitate bringing up new plumbing and electricity from below. Stacking the labs like this saves a considerable amount of money as well as maximizes available space.
One of the rooms demolished to make way for the new Science Labs was the Art Room. However, a new Art Studio space was created, which is bigger and more suitable than what we had previously.
Kudos to our maintenance staff that performed all the renovations in-house. Our staff removed the old fluorescent lights and installed new high efficiency LED's. They replaced yellowing and aged 50+ year old ceiling tiles with new tiles. They painted the walls, trim, and heating units. To expand storage for art supplies, they re-purposed cabinetry from other parts of the building . They ran plumbing to the new location and installed an over-sized utility sink. They even made space for a kiln.
Begun in March 2019, the NSES classroom addition will be completed in August and ready for our teachers and students and the new school year. The kids attending Camp Phoenix this summer get to see the rapid daily progress being made.
During the 2017-18 School Year, we began the process to define a new Education and Facilities Master Plan which in turn shaped our Necessity of School Construction application to the Rhode Island Department. We needed to position North Smithfield's schools to be eligible to receive reimbursements for construction attributed to the decommissioning of Halliwell and reverse a decade of deferred maintenance.
The NSES classroom addition is funded out of $4,000,000 from the 2014 School Bond. An additional $300,000 (non-reimbursable) is reserved for physically decommissioning and securing Halliwell. The high school science lab construction and renovations, along with future renovations to the high school locker rooms, will initially be funded out of the school department's Fund Balance.
Because we followed this process, North Smithfield is eligible for a minimum of 35% reimbursement from the State. Reimbursements from projects funded through the Town Bond will be applied towards debt service payments on the bond. Reimbursements from projects funded though the school department's Fund Balance will be reinvested in additional (RIDE reviewed and approved) repairs and replacements categorized as "Warm, Safe, and Dry"
Between these major projects and the repairs and renovations being done in-house, North Smithfield's school facilities are looking better than ever and continue to improve.
North Smithfield School Department
P.O. Box 72
Slatersville, RI 02876
P: (401) 769-5492 F: (401) 769-5493
Michael St. Jean, Superintendent
North Smithfield Middle School - Room 137
1850 Providence Pike
North Smithfield, RI 02896