SPS Elementary Reconfiguration Process
Elementary Reconfiguration Presentation by Studio Jaed Architects
At the June 21, 2017 Elementary Reconfiguration Committee meeting, Studio Jaed Architects made a "high-level" preliminary presentation to the committee regarding possible options for the elementary reconfiguration project. The presentation lists potential opportunities and challenges for each option. The presentation also includes a very early draft of what a timeline could look like, with construction not beginning until April 2020 and construction completing in September 2022. It's important to note that much of this information can change, particularly if the project is scheduled in phases.
Based upon feedback from elementary reconfiguration committee members and the attendees at the meeting on 6/21/17, Studio Jaed will present a revised version at the Community Public Forum that is being held on Wednesday, 6/28/17 at 7:00pm at Smithfield High School in the cafeteria. All parents and members of the community are encouraged to attend to share their feedback and concerns.
Smithfield Public Schools Elementary Reconfiguration Moving Forward
Committee concluding months long entry phase and preparing for phase II
SMITHFIELD – The Smithfield Public Schools “Elementary Reconfiguration Committee” has been working for several months on a variety of scenarios designed to ensure students have appropriate and adequate facilities that meet both the short-term and long-term needs of the community.
“This has been deliberate and pragmatic work, by nearly three dozen volunteers, teachers, administrators and elected officials,” said Superintendent Bob O’Brien. “We have studied space needs, looked at current and future enrollment projections, and of course, the changing needs of tomorrow’s instruction and learning space.”
Mr. O’Brien said project based learning for students, equity across the district in terms of facilities, student and staff safety, and cost considerations have all been studied. The committee has also reviewed feedback from school planning experts and architects.
“It’s important for our community to understand how much time and effort has been made by these community members,” he said. “The work they have done is remarkable.”
The work includes in many cases six or more variations of each option up for consideration. These options include creating an early learning center, renovations to all elementary schools, creating a large elementary complex and several other options.
The group has narrowed the options down to three for the School Committee, Town Council, and the community at large to begin to digest, analyze, and consider. They are:
Option 1: The Early Learning Center model
LaPerche Elementary School is renovated and becomes an Early Learning Center serving PreK, 1st and 2nd grade. Anna McCabe School and Old County Road School are renovated to serve students in grades 2-5. The Winsor Elementary School is closed.
Option 2: The Renovations model
Anna McCabe, LaPerche and Old County Road are renovated and expanded. The Winsor Elementary School is closed.
Option 3: The New School model
Renovations/additions at McCabe and LaPerche; both Winsor Elementary and Old County Road School are closed. A new school is built.
Mr. O’Brien said there is still significant work to be done in Phase II. “For one thing, we now need to start a cost analysis and feasibility of each option,” he said. “Another thing we will need to do is talk through these options with the community as a whole to see what the consensus is.”
The next step in the process is for the Elementary Reconfiguration Committee to finalize these three options – which will take place on Wednesday, June 21 at 6 p.m. The committee will then present the three options to the general public at a public forum on Wednesday, June 28 at 7 pm in the Smithfield High School Cafeteria. The committee will be looking for feedback on the opportunities and challenges for each option. The reconfiguration committee will meet in August and use the feedback from the general public to finalize the three options. In September, the three options will be presented at a joint meeting of the School Committee and Town Council for their consideration.