SPS Elementary Reconfiguration Process

June 28th Elementary Reconfiguration Public Forum Presentation by Studio Jaed Architects

At the June 28, 2017 Elementary Reconfiguration Public Forum, Studio Jaed Architects made a "high-level" preliminary presentation to the attendees 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 (including cost estimates), 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.

Please see the RECONFIGURATION OPTIONS page to view the Studio Jaed presentation from the 6/28/17 Elementary Reconfiguration Public Forum.

Elementary Reconfiguration Public Forum, June 28th

Dear Parents, Faculty and Staff,

I want to invite and encourage everyone to attend the elementary reconfiguration committee public forum on June 28th at 7pm in the cafeteria at Smithfield High School. The members of the elementary reconfiguration community, including parents, teachers, administrators, and school committee members, town councilors, and community members have been diligently researching elementary school reconfiguration to find our best options for addressing our facility and enrollment issues. In order to make this a true community decision, we need and appreciate constructive and critical feedback on the recommendations of the committee.

The Elementary Reconfiguration Committee will present the four options for the School Committee, Town Council, and the community at large to begin to digest, analyze, and consider. The committee is looking for constructive and critical feedback around the opportunities and challenges listed for each option.

The Four options 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 School and Old County Road School are closed. A new school is built.

Option 4: The Hybrid model. LaPerche is renovated; a district-wide Early Learning Center is built at LaPerche site; McCabe & Old County Road are renovated; School Department Offices moved to Old County Road. The Winsor Elementary School is closed.

The reconfiguration committee will meet again in August and use the feedback from the general public to finalize the four options. In September, the four options will be presented at a joint meeting of the School Committee and Town Council for their consideration.

If the bond is approved the work would be phased in over at least a 5 year period. We anticipate that, as part of the final phase of the project, William Winsor would not be closing until September of 2022 at the earliest.

We are sharing this information because we want constructive and critical criticism. It’s important that this be an inclusive and transparent process and we are making every effort to do just that. We have been sharing all of the committee’s work online, via email, social media and our district website. I urge people to participate in this process by attending the June 28 public forum.

More information about the work to date can be found on the Smithfield Public Schools website at www.smithfield-ps.org by clicking on the “Elementary Reconfiguration Process” link in the “Quick Links” section. Also, please follow the district’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/smithfieldschools/) and Twitter account (https://twitter.com/SmithfieldSchls) to receive timely updates.

Robert O’Brien, Superintendent of Schools

June 21st 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.

Please see the RECONFIGURATION OPTIONS page to view the Studio Jaed presentation from the 6/21/17 Elementary Reconfiguration Committee meeting.

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.