School construction projects require years of planning, studies, reports, and public input. Some highlights of the process are listed below, along with a link to key documents.
In 2017, the RI Department of Education (RIDE) released a report assessing the school buildings across the state - Rogers was identified as "most in need of replacement".
The Newport School Committee formed an Ad Hoc committee in April 2018 to look at the needs for the next five or more years for Newport Schools, evaluate options, develop criteria, and explore alternatives.
On November 6, 2018, 84.1% of Newporters voted in support of the statewide school bond.
Newport continued to hold public meetings and hired Studio JAED and Downes Construction to help with the the lengthy RIDE process to gain access to the statewide bond funds.
Numerous studies and reports, demographic studies, facility assessments, and space efficiency assessments - were completed to submit to RIDE as part of the formal Stage I and Stage II applications.
Numerous public visioning sessions, stakeholder meetings with teachers, students, and community leaders were held, including many public workshops with the Newport School Committee and the Newport City Council.
Digital copies of the studies, reports, and public meetings can be found HERE.