Look at the needs for the next five or more years for Newport Schools
Newport needs to provide a 5-10 year master plan of of facility needs
The educational programs must meet 21st century standards and show Community and City collaboration.
The Proposal will NOT advance unless this following can be shown:
A five year plan for all existing facilities, including Pell and Thompson
Doing the work to be eligible for a minimum 35% reimbursement with the potential for another 17.5% in incentives (reimbursement is determined by the State)
Sq footage required is 190 sf per student, with an additional 225 sf per students in technical program
Option A: Renovate RHS and keep students in place while renovating.
Cost estimate – could exceed $85 million and could be as high as $167 million depending upon findings. These can be estimated but we won’t know what they are until renovation begins. Renovations often provide surprises once walls and ceilings come down. Not fiscally responsible.
Will take 2.5 – 3 years with shifting of students
Option B: Build a new building, estimated would need ~ 40 acres to accommodate playing fields, parking, etc. Sites considered were:
Naval Hospital area: only 12 acres; potential environmental issues
Newport Pell Bridge realignment area: disconnected by a major roadway; potential environmental issues. Newport does not own this land and the State of RI is under no obligation to sell or donate it to the city.
Former Newport Grand site: not owned by city; would be a sizable capital investment above and beyond the building of the school; potential environmental issues
Existing RHS site: Cost estimate currently 101 million for new building at existing site
Option C – Regionalization
Requires buy-in from Middletown and/or Portsmouth
Middletown and Portsmouth currently sending students to Rogers for our technical program
Considered basing the technical program in Newport and the academic program in Middletown, but RIDE did not support that option
Portsmouth currently applying for RIDE reimbursement to build their own new middle school
After multiple meetings in 2019, neither Middletown nor Portsmouth were interested in pursuing this option further
City owns the land, no additional capital costs
Students will remain at Rogers while new school is being built
New school will take approximately 1 year to design and 2 years to complete
New building will meet RIDE’s criteria including but not limited to educational programs. Facilities must meet 21st century standards
Room for parking and playing fields
No additional bussing costs
Most fiscally responsible choice, as neither Middletown nor Portsmouth supported regionalization.