The Middletown School Building Committee Is Hard At Work Making Sure The New Middle-High School Is "On Time," "On Budget" & Meets The Needs Of Our Students, Educators & Community
On Nov. 7th, voters narrowly approved a $190 million bond to build a new middle-high school just north of Gaudet Middle School on property at 1225 Aquidneck Ave. along with renovations to the existing schools.
With marching orders in hand, the volunteer School Building Committee remains committed to delivering the best school for the best price to Middletown.
After anticipated state reimbursements, the total $101 million cost to the town for the project equals about $2 a day for the median Middletown homeowner.
Groundbreaking is set for Spring 2025, with the ribbon cutting in Fall 2027.
The bond will fund two schools with separate, distinct entrances creating a new combined middle-high school:
Serves about 1,100 students, grades 6-12
Features about 200,000 square feet of educational space, including state-of-the-art flexible classrooms
Fresh air, daylight and quality views in at least 90 percent of all occupied spaces
No displacement of any classrooms as single-phase construction, with no interruptions to learning
Allows for room for future expansion
Built for the schools of today and the next 50 years plus
Preliminary School Designs
Every student benefits – New buildings are more equitable for all – from high achievers to those with learning challenges, special needs, handicaps, and other underserved student populations.
More money into each classroom– Savings from efficient, healthier schools are invested into the education of our children instead of maintaining outdated facilities.
Flexible classrooms for the future– Dynamic classrooms designed for group work and collaboration better prepare our students for college, the military or a career. To do this, we need fresh, open classrooms, not the spaces built over six decades ago.
New Auditorium – A public auditorium will be a source of pride for the whole town. Currently, our school cafeterias double as substandard performance spaces, or we’re forced to rent other rooms across the area.
New Career Pathways through Vocational Tech– New critical “hands on” courses to add to our existing Career Pathways engineering, bio-medical and other programs to give our students a leg up in today’s ever evolving world economy.
New Athletic Spaces & Recreation Areas– New gymnasium with two basketball courts and an additional indoor sports facility and new athletic fields are included in the project, making the Gaudet Athletic Complex one of the premier facilities across the region.
Building New Is Far Less Expensive – Independent findings from November 2021 showed about $190 million in repairs were needed to the district's four schools before one wall or ceiling was opened. And we get the same outdated, old and tired schools, with with "Band-Aids" and none of the additional educational, energy, safety, health or related improvements.
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