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The future

of Cumberland Schools...

A message from the superintendent

Robert A. Mitchell Superintendent Dear friends, I want to make you aware of an exciting opportunity that can have a significant and positive impact on our community now and for years to come. The State of Rhode Island is introducing a bond which would provide cities and towns with access to needed funds for school

improvements. The best part is that Cumberland is eligible for up to $83 million worth of renovations and improvements to our schools with the town being responsible for just 35% of the total cost. It has been called a “once in a generation” opportunity. The money can be used for state of the art science, technology, and engineering labs. It can be used for art rooms, auditoriums, and facility upgrades such as electrical and HVAC systems. The bond includes incentives that could boost Cumberland’s state reimbursement rate for school construction from the current 45% reimburse-

ment rate in fiscal 2019 to approximately 65% of the $83 million. With the 65% reimbursement, Cumberland taxpayers would be responsible for $29 million of the $83 million worth of renovations and improvements. These renovations and improvements would take place over several years. Additional areas of focus include safety and security upgrades in every school, renovations to kindergarten classrooms across the district, additions to cafeterias to decrease overcrowding, and much needed upgrades to conform with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This ‘once-in-a-generation’

opportunity for Cumberland really is a win-win for our entire community. Addressing needed facility issues is a major priority for us. While the town has made significant progress in recent years, this measure will allow us to address remaining facility needs and create 21st Century learning opportunities for our students. Our legislative delegation supports the state and local bonds. The mayor and the mayor elect are in support of this initiative. Both the Town Council and the School Committee have unanimously passed resolutions in support of the bond referendum. Our legislative delegation is to be commended for their

effort. The bonds will be put before residents this November. School and town officials are urging residents to vote ‘yes’ on both the State of RI bond for school improvements, as well as the local question on bonds for Cumberland schools. To learn more about the bonds and Cumberland’s opportunity, please join us at a public forum at Cumberland High School on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. And on behalf of our school committee, our staff, and our students, I urge you to vote yes for our schools. Thank you, Robert Mitchell


VOTE YES for... ACTUAL COST AFTER BOND

$29 MILLION

VALUE OF RENOVATIONS

$83

MILLION

The Town Council and the School Committee have unanimously passed resolutions in support of the bond referendum. Vote ‘yes’ on both the State of RI bond for school improvements, as well as the local question on bonds for Cumberland schools.

Did you know? Cumberland is one of just eight communities statewide who have submitted for funding through this first $250 million bond referendum. East Providence, Jamestown, North Kingstown, Pawtucket, Providence, Smithfield, and Warwick are also eligible for up to a combined $250 million. The state will have a second $250 million bond referendum in 2022. The economy could change but our projects will have already been approved. Because of the work of state lawmakers and local officials, Cumberland can access up to $83 million in the coming years to improve schools.

Cumberla Schools

How it works State lawmakers are proposing spending up to $250 million in state dollars to bring Rhode Island’s school buildings into the 21st century. An engineering study released last summer found that the state’s public schools need $2.2-billion worth of repairs — $500 million to bring them to a minimal standard, known as “warm, safe and dry.” A second referendum will be put before the voters in 2022.

In order to access the funds, voters need to VOTE YES on Nov. 6 on both the state and local bond initiatives.

J. McLaughlin Cumberland Hill Elementary School • Renovations for 21st Century Learning Environments • Upgrade Security & ADA • Enlarge Kindergarten Classrooms with New Interior ADA Restrooms • New Art Room & Music Room • Renovate Clinic & Clinic Restroom

Cumberland High School • Renovations for 21st Century Learning Environments • Upgrade Security & ADA • Renovations at the Transitional Building • Replace Unit Ventilators • Replace Aluminum Windows at ALP Building


and

North Cumberland Middle School • Renovations for 21st Century Learning Environments • Upgrade Security & ADA • Science Classroom & Lab Renovations • New Elevator • Replace Aluminum Windows

Community Elementary School • Renovations for 21st Century Learning Environments • Upgrade Security & ADA • Enlarge Kindergarten Classrooms with New Interior ADA Restrooms • New Addition – Cafeteria & Kitchen • New Music Room

Ashton Elementary School • Renovations for 21st Century Learning Environments • Upgrade Security & ADA • Enlarge Kindergarten Classrooms with New Interior ADA Restrooms • New Addition – Cafeteria • New Art Room & Music Room • Replace Aluminum Windows

Garvin Memorial Elementary School • Renovations for 21st Century Learning Environments • Upgrade Security & ADA • Enlarge Kindergarten Classrooms with New Interior ADA Restrooms • New Addition – Cafeteria • New Art Room & Music Room • Replace Aluminum Windows

Joseph L. McCourt Middle School • Renovations for 21st Century Learning Environments • Upgrade Security & ADA • Science Classroom & Lab Renovations • Replace HVAC Air Handlers & Unit Heaters • Replace Aluminum Windows

B.F. Norton Elementary School • Renovations for 21st Century Learning Environments • Upgrade Security & ADA • Enlarge Kindergarten Classrooms with New Interior ADA Restrooms • New Art Room • Replace Aluminum Windows


Vote YES FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS MILLION $ 83 IN RENOVATIONS

The school improvement bond has been endorsed by: Town Council Craig Dwyer Peter Bradley Tom Kane Jim Metivier Scott R. Schmitt Lisa Beaulieu Bob Shaw

FOR ONLY

$ 29 MILLION IN TAX DOLLARS

Local community leaders met recently to discuss their support of the bond referendum. From left are Mayor-elect Jeff Mutter, School Committee Member Paul DiModica, Town Councilor Robert Shaw, Sen. Ryan Pearson, Supt. Bob Mitchell, Sen. Roger Picard, and Mayor Bill Murray.

School Committee Raymond Salvatore William J. Dennen Mark Fiorillo Karen A. Freedman Paul DiModica Amy B. Goggin Stephen F. Hess

Mayor Bill Murray Mayor-elect Jeff Mutter Thank you! The Cumberland School Department wishes to give special thanks to the state legislative delegation for its work in helping make Cumberland eligible for state funding.

Cumberland School Department Bond Referendum Information  

The Town Council and the School Committee have unanimously passed resolutions in support of the bond referendum. Vote ‘yes’ on both the Stat...

Cumberland School Department Bond Referendum Information  

The Town Council and the School Committee have unanimously passed resolutions in support of the bond referendum. Vote ‘yes’ on both the Stat...

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