Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Newport School Committee accepted recommendations from the Pell Enrollment Options Subcommittee to add modular classrooms to the Pell Elementary School.
The Newport School Committee accepted the recommendation from the Pell Enrollment Options Subcommittee to pursue leasing modular classrooms at the new Pell Elementary School at Wednesday night's meeting. The vote, which passed 4-3, came with the stipulation that if leasing the modular classrooms could not be fulfilled, the committee would pursue moving all kindergarten classes to an alternate location. The subcommittee’s original recommendation was to move all kindergarten classes to the Triplett School. The goal of the subcommittee, which consisted of teachers, administrators and parents, was to identify, assess and recommend options for the school committee in the event that enrollment at the Pell Elementary School is so high that all …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The Newport School Committee met on Tuesday for its regularly scheduled meeting.
The Newport School Committee met at the Newport Area Career and Technical Center on Tuesday night to discuss several ongoing projects, including the Pell Elementary School, rain gardens at the high school and the truancy issue in the school system. The committee also voted to suspend a policy that would require a subcommittee to be created to name the Track and Field facilities after former track coach Charlie Gibbons. The school committee unanimously voted to approve the recommendation from the Pell Building Committee to accept additional brick masonry as an add alternate for the Pell Elementary School. The committee met several times and did a complete analysis of other alternates, including CMU block, but was recommended by the …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The Pell Building Committee met Tuesday to discuss the construction timeline and add alternates.
The Pell Building Committee met at the Newport Area Career and Technical Center Tuesday afternoon to discuss the progress and timelines for the Pell Elementary School and possible add alternates. The committee voted for the add alternate of additional brick masonry to the schools exterior. A vote also passed to have HMFH architect Laura Wernick investigate possible adjustments to the kitchen to create extra working space. The kitchen and exterior materials were slated as the most time sensitive add alternates to consider during the meeting. Pell School Update The construction process for the Pell Elementary School is on task to be completed schedule, owner's representative Jim Farrar, of Farrar & Associates said during the meeting. Farrar…
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The Newport School Committee approved adding two classrooms to the new elementary school.
The Newport School Committee unanimously approved adding two additional classrooms to the Claiborne D. Pell Elementary School during a special meeting at the Newport Area Career and Technical Center Tuesday afternoon. The classrooms passed 6-0. School committee member Robert Leary did not attend the meeting. Superintendent John Ambrogi said the two classes were needed for an “unexpected bump in enrollment” based on more recent demographic information received in February. The data revealed the estimated number of students in the new school rose from approximately 840 to “890 or 900.” “How do you know? You don’t know,” Ambrogi said, who stressed it was best to be prepared on the side of overestimating. “The worst thing you can do is open up…
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The Newport School Committee announced the Pell School bid award would go to Bacon/Agostini Construction.
The Newport School Committee unanimously voted Tuesday to award Bacon/Agostini Construction the bid award to serve as general contractor for the Claiborne Pell Elementary School project. The school committee received three bids for the project. With Bacon/Agostini's bid of $24,050,700, the plan will be able to maintain its contingency fund of $1.2 million as well as furniture fixture funds. “I think this is great,” Superintendent John Ambrogi said. “After all these years we’re getting it across the finish line.” Owner’s representative Jim Farrar, of Farrar & Associates, said it was “very exciting” to see the past months’ hard work pay off. “All of [the bids] were within striking distance of where we wanted,” Farrar said. “This one is …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The Pell Building Committee met Tuesday night to go over the budget and value engineering options.
During its first meeting of 2012, the Pell Building Committee went over two agenda items Tuesday night at the Newport Area Career and Technical Center. The committee discussed potential for value engineering throughout the project and reviewed updated budget documents. Under newly appointed owner's representative Farrar & Associates' James Farrar, the committee continued to strategize on how to close a $2.8 million budget gap. HMFH architect Laura Wernick said they were close to hitting the $2.8 million mark, but have fallen about $140,000 short. “We haven't hit the target yet, but we're very close,” she said. The budget is currently estimated at $30,955,432, or almost $1 million over the $30 million bond. Construction documents are …
Friday, December 30, 2011
The group said its design modifications could save up to $3.6 million against the existing plan.
Positively Newport Schools (PNS), a group of Newport residents who have been following the Pell Elementary School design process, say they have design options that could introduce cost savings, scalability and bring the design back to code. They presented the details of their plans on Thursday night at the Newport Public Library. Although the final estimates have not been made available to the public, school officials have said the existing plan is 20 percent over budget. After the meeting, Rep. Peter Martin said the group presented design modifications that could introduce cost saving opportunities that should “definitely” be reviewed in more detail. Martin said the current plan’s gymnasium and cafeteria are too small according to state…
Monday, December 12, 2011
The group met at the Newport Public Library on Sunday to discuss alternative designs and plans for the Pell School project.
Positively Newport Schools held a public workshop Sunday afternoon at the Newport Public Library to discuss “alternative possibilities to the official [Pell Elementary School] design.” The group encouraged community involvement and input in discussing “significant cost savings” and preventing “radical cuts envisioned by the Newport School Committee.” James Farrar, of Farrar & Associates Inc., was also present at the workshop to provide feedback to the Positively Newport Schools members and audience. Farrar & Associates was recently announced as the newest owner's representative to the Pell School project after Strategic Building Solutions resigned. Jim Asbel led a majority of the meeting and presented possible cost savings by reducing …
Friday, December 9, 2011
The group will hold a public workshop at 1:30 p.m. this Sunday at the Newport Public Library.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Positively Newport Schools will hold a public workshop this weekend, featuring alternatives to the current Pell Elementary School design. The group hopes to give the public “food for thought” and inform the community about alternative possibilities that it says will save "at least $4 million dollars." The workshop is scheduled for this Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1:30 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. The group will offer a presentation of alternatives to the official design "that has potential for significant cost savings and can prevent the radical cuts envisioned by the Newport School Committee." Constructive comments and input are encouraged and welcomed. The second part of the workshop will offer a discussion of alternative bidding and …