School Building Committee

General Information


OAugust 9, 2022 the Town Council appointed a new School Building Committee (SBC), based on a request and recommendations from the School Committee, to undertake the planning and supervision of school facility improvements in accordance with Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) rules and regulations.  This process is known as the Necessity of School Construction (NSC). If followed correctly, the NSC process may qualify the Town for substantial reimbursements from RIDE that would significantly reduce the cost of any proposed improvements.  For additional information , view agendas and minutes for the School Building Committee, and sign up to receive a notifications when meetings are scheduled. 

Meetings and Public Engagement 

The SBC is committed to a transparent planning and implementation process and welcomes community participation at all of our meetings.  Please download the SBC Master Schedule to get a better understanding of upcoming meeting topics and event details.  Prior to each meeting you should log on to the RI Secretary of State Open Government SBC Site to download the latest to agenda to ensure meeting details have not changed.  

UPCOMING MEETINGS
TOPIC:  School Building Community Forum/ Workshop
Date:   Saturday, October 1, 2022 
TIME:  9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: SK High School Cafeteria, 215 Columbia Street, Wakefield, RI
AGENDA:  Download the latest agenda by clicking HERE.
 COMMENTS:: All public are welcome to join us and provide input!  A brief presentation by Studio JAED will be followed by an opportunity for community members to share their thoughts on the SK community project.  
South Kingstown School District Workshop Flyer

 The SBC has created a master schedule of upcoming meetings and events to ensure necessary NSC dates are met and the community members can remain engaged in the process.  You can download a PDF of the master schedule by clicking HERE
SBC Process Schedule_SBC Approved 8_31_22_Page_1 

Agendas, Minutes, and Live Stream

Public Comment, Inquiries and Correspondence

  • Members of the public are always welcome to attend meetings in person and provide comment at the appropriate time.  Public comment is not allowed through virtual means. 
  • Questions, comments, and other inquiries can be sent to the committee via e-mail at sbc@southkingstownri.com.
  • Written communications can be addressed to: South Kingstown Town Hall, 2nd Floor, Attn: School Building Committee, 180 High Street, Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879.
  • All e-mail, written, and other public is placed on the agenda at normal SBC meetings to ensure the committee is aware of community concerns and can discuss relevant topics.  
  • All communication will be formally accepted, and placed on file.  Should the SBC decide to further direct staff, the projects OPM, or the project's consultant relative to the correspondence, they may do so at the meeting. 

Members


Membership of the School Building Committee must meet both Town Charter and Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) membership requirements in order to qualify for state reimbursements and bonuses.  The Committee consists of nine (9) members as follows:

Name Title RIDE or Charter Role
Lucas Murray, Chair Director of Administrative Services Charter: Appointed by the Town Council
Kate Macinanti, Vice Chair
School Committee Member            RIDE: Member of School Committee

Brian Mahony

Maintenance Director - School RIDE: Local official responsible for building maintenance
James Manni Town Manager RIDE: Representative of the office or body authorized by law to construct school buildings in the municipality
Raquel Pellerin Chief Financial Officer - School RIDE: Local budget official or member of the local finance committee
Chip McGair SKHS Principal (May rotate)

RIDE: School Principal from the subject school*
David Palazzetti Community Member RIDE: Community Member with architectural, engineering, and/or construction experience
Mark Prince School Superintendent RIDE: Superintendent of Schools
Gina Masiello Asst. School Superintendent RIDE: A member who has knowledge of the educational mission and function of the facility
*This project may include more than one "subject school."  The appointed principal will work to receive input from other principals on other project sites.