Last year, NS Schools produced a Master Facilities and Education Plan in accordance with regulations from the Department of Education and successfully completed:
STAGE I – IDENTIFICATION OF NEED
STAGE II – DEVELOPMENT OF A SOLUTION
This year we are well into:
STAGE III - Design Review and Guidance
Our focus during STAGE III has been on the addition, and other improvements, to NSES as well as upgrading the High School Science Labs. We have had multiple design consultations with our construction managers (Gilbane) and architects (Studio Jaed) and teachers and staff exploring best practices, options, pricing, and ultimately developing the most cost effective, educationally appropriate design to present to the Rhode Island Department of Education for review and approval.
The designs must pass though a series of reviews and meet multiple criteria. I am pleased to announce that we are near final approval for the NSES addition plans.
The plans for NSES call for a four room addition and a bio-retention system to accommodate storm water runoff while nurturing a green space and garden which will be incorporated into outdoor classroom space.
With our NSES design phase and review nearing completion, we are still on track for construction beginning in March and completed by the end of the summer in time to accommodate students who would otherwise have gone to Halliwell for the fourth grade.
Upcoming is our preliminary design review with the Department of Education to review initial plans for the High School Science Lab component of Stage III. The review and approval will allow us to develop the necessary construction and design documents with a goal to have final review approval in time to begin renovations this coming summer.
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