News Flash

Town News and Updates

Posted on: August 2, 2022

Election Day Ballot Shaping Up

1

The Town Council formally approves putting school regionalization with Newport and a $235 million bond on the Election Day ballot, which if approved will cost voters 20 cents on the dollar thanks to state reimbursements.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT: Matt Sheley at (401) 842-6543 or msheley@middletownri.com 

ELECTION DAY BALLOT SHAPING UP

 

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AUGUST 1, 2022) – The Election Day ballot got much clearer Monday  night.


Following months of discussion, the Town Council voted from Town Hall to formally place questions on the Nov. 8 ballot seeking approval for school regionalization with Newport and a $235 million bond to build three new schools in Middletown. 


Town officials said with the state Department of Education paying at least 80 cents of every dollar for the construction of the new schools, it was too good of an opportunity for the community to pass up.


Council President Paul M. Rodrigues said even though there were questions about regionalization, the time was now to move forward with both ballot questions because they were what was right for Middletown — and more importantly its students.


“(We’re looking at) $90 million and that’s Band-Aids,” Rodrigues said. “That’s basically little attention to the two elementary schools and the rest of the money was being put towards the high school, the majority of it, and the middle school, and we’re still ending up with 70 year old buildings.”


Council Vice President Thomas P. Welch III and Councilman Christopher Logan agreed, saying the “Band-Aid” approach to fixing the schools wouldn’t work anymore because there were too many large problems that needed to be addressed.


“This new proposal gets us brand new buildings, so more than a bold move, it’s a lot less money to our taxpayers and it’s a significant improvement at less cost…” Logan said. “At the end of the day, I don’t think anybody felt comfortable throwing $90 million at Band-Aids for buildings that are dying. This is much better.”


“Certainly, the buildings are more complex than (ever before),” Welch said. “One of the problems is that under walkways where the heating pipes are, those pipes have pinholes in them from water running over them for 50 or 60 years. There’s nothing that maintenance could do about that. That problem, you can’t replace the pipes in the entire school and it’s only going to continue.”  


Since mid-March, much of the town’s attention has been focused hammering out the details about the proposed regionalization of schools with Newport.


Looking to improve the overall quality of education for every student in both communities, Middletown and Newport officials have been meeting regularly to firm up as many details as possible.


At an informational forum late last month, consultants showed there were a number of ways to save money and provide more opportunities for students. One of the big costs savings was eliminating duplication on the administrative level, something that would allow both communities to push more money into each classroom.


In order for regionalization to be approved, voters in Middletown and Newport must okay ballot questions on Election Day, Nov. 8. Middletown voters are also being asked to okay a $235 million bond to building a new middle-high school and combined elementary school and early education center. That’s because RIDE is reimbursing Middletown at 80.5 cents on every dollar spent of the new schools, far higher than its usual 35 percent. 


Newport is also in line to take advantage of this deal, with $50 million pledged from RIDE for the Rogers High School construction work.


As part of an exciting remake of the Middletown schools, consultants spelled out a number possibilities. Natural lighting, open and inviting learning spaces, safe, secure and state-of-the-art 21st century facilities were among the items that led that list.


Consultant designs show the new combined high school-middle school would be built at the former Starlight Drive-In property now multi-use fields at 1225 Aquidneck Ave. next to Gaudet Middle School.


Students in grades six through eight would have classes in one part of the building completely separate from the high school grades nine through 12. Initial planning showed the building would share a 500-600 seat auditorium, cafeteria and library media center. Importantly, middle and high school students would not use those spaces together.


The combined elementary school is planned in the existing footprint of Middletown High at 120 Valley Road. Eventually, both Aquidneck and Forest Avenue elementary schools would close after the new combined elementary school was complete. A pre-kindergarten center for Middletown youngsters will be built on the new elementary school campus too, creating a synergy around early childhood education.


The way the school construction project is phased, temporary trailers would not be needed. Construction on the combined high school-middle school would come first, with students staying in the existing buildings until work wrapped up there. Then, work would begin at the Valley Road campus for the new elementary school, with the Aquidneck and Forest Avenue schools staying in service until they were no longer needed.


Document Link: https://www.middletownri.com/DocumentCenter/View/5419/NYCU-Ballot-Questions 


####

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Town News and Updates

MPD Logo

Dine & Dash Arrest

Posted on: September 23, 2022
image001

Middletown Police Seeking Information

Posted on: September 22, 2022
DSC03329

Paving Work On The Schedule

Posted on: September 22, 2022
DSC06553

Remember These Important Election Dates

Posted on: September 22, 2022
DSC05258

Regionalization Savings Conversation On Tap

Posted on: September 20, 2022
MPD Logo

Get The Latest On The Hiring Process At MPD

Posted on: September 20, 2022
School-2

Be Safe On The Roads For The Kids

Posted on: September 20, 2022
Business Walk-2

Get Your Voice Heard In Business

Posted on: September 21, 2022
image001

Police Officers Making A Difference

Posted on: September 16, 2022
MPC_Family Day-22_social media

Come To Family Night

Posted on: September 19, 2022
image

Save The Date

Posted on: September 15, 2022
DSC04221 2

"Where Am I?" Answer -- September 2022

Posted on: September 15, 2022
maria screenshot

A Rainy Day Adventure

Posted on: September 13, 2022
DSC05239

A Quick Reminder About Today's Primary

Posted on: September 13, 2022
No Drive-2

Please Stay Home

Posted on: September 13, 2022
Primary Day-4

Primary Day

Posted on: September 13, 2022
4266B38E-2932-4891-B654-4D26582736C2 - Michael Goodreau

"Student of the Week" -- Aidan Banville

Posted on: September 16, 2022
MFD Logo

Help Emergency Personnel Help You

Posted on: September 14, 2022
Stormdrains-5

Keep Storm Drains Clear

Posted on: September 12, 2022
DSC04227

Where Am I? -- September 2022

Posted on: September 13, 2022
Primary-2

Primary Day Is Tuesday, Sept. 13

Posted on: September 12, 2022
Sept 2022 MT

September 2022 "Middletown Today" Here

Posted on: September 13, 2022
Vote On Nov. 8-4

Remember The Rules

Posted on: September 12, 2022
Unknown-1

Staples Helps Middletown Students In Need

Posted on: September 8, 2022
Islanders_Middletown_color

Forest Avenue School

Posted on: September 7, 2022
Islanders_Middletown_color

Aquidneck Elementary School

Posted on: September 7, 2022
Islanders_Middletown_color

Gaudet Learning Academy

Posted on: September 7, 2022
Islanders_Middletown_color

Kraeger: "Learning & Growth" In Store

Posted on: September 7, 2022
Islanders_Middletown_color

Strong Opening For Middletown Schools

Posted on: September 7, 2022
First Quarter Tax Payments Due Sept. 12-3

Tax Payment Reminders

Posted on: September 6, 2022
image001

Labor Day Weekend Enforcement Statistics

Posted on: September 6, 2022
Unknown

Don't Give Mosquitos A Biting Chance

Posted on: September 9, 2022
Unknown

Free Trees!

Posted on: September 9, 2022
Screen Shot 2022-08-27 at 11.11.23 AM

Important Traffic Update

Posted on: August 27, 2022
Middletown Tax-2

Tax Bills Mailed

Posted on: August 25, 2022
Road Work-4

Construction Work Planned

Posted on: August 25, 2022
Police-5

The Middletown Police Are Hiring

Posted on: August 24, 2022
dunes

Keep Out Of The Dunes

Posted on: September 8, 2022
Reminder-3

Dog Walking Limits Remain In Effect

Posted on: September 8, 2022
Mind The Sign-2

Mind The Sign

Posted on: September 7, 2022
Welcome Back-3

Welcome Back!

Posted on: September 7, 2022
Thanks-2

Thanks!

Posted on: September 6, 2022
Learn More About Regionalization-2

Read More About Regionalization

Posted on: August 31, 2022
Survey-4

Input Matters

Posted on: August 26, 2022
Beach Safety Lifeguards-2

Always Pay Attention To The Lifeguards

Posted on: September 1, 2022
Middletown Fire and Rescue Badge

Never Lock Pets Or People Inside A Car

Posted on: August 30, 2022
Looking For A Change

Middletown Is Hiring

Posted on: August 29, 2022
DSC03206

Check Out Middletown Valley Promo Video

Posted on: August 24, 2022
One-Day Delay In Town Trash Pick Up-8

One-Day Delay In Trash Due To Labor Day

Posted on: September 2, 2022
New Years-5

Town Hall Closed Labor Day

Posted on: September 1, 2022
MFD Logo

Accidents Can Happen Anywhere

Posted on: August 22, 2022
Regional Meeting 1

The Facts About Regionalization

Posted on: August 17, 2022
DSC03587

Poll Workers Getting Prepared

Posted on: August 17, 2022
Regional Meeting 1

Save Aug. 22 For Regionalization

Posted on: August 18, 2022
Beach Safety Respect-2

Always Respect The Ocean

Posted on: August 18, 2022
MFD Logo

Middletown Fire Promotes Bicycle Safety

Posted on: August 17, 2022
Catch Basin

Clean Your Catch Basin

Posted on: August 16, 2022
IMG_20220811_075225194_HDR

Sign Posted To Help Pedestrian Safety

Posted on: August 16, 2022
New Hours-2

Updated Beach Hours

Posted on: August 15, 2022
Lifeguards-2

Lifeguards Needed

Posted on: August 3, 2022
IMG_1006

Public Safety Camp A Success

Posted on: August 2, 2022
HEAD START JOB FAIR (Facebook Post) (1)

EBCAP Career Fair

Posted on: August 2, 2022
DSC03559

"Where Am I?" Answer -- August 2022

Posted on: August 11, 2022
Recycle Right-20

Remember To "Recycle Right!"

Posted on: August 10, 2022
Notify Me-8

Get Notified About Middletown

Posted on: August 10, 2022
FullSizeRender

MHS Football Fundraiser Car Wash

Posted on: July 30, 2022
DSC03547

"Where Am I?" -- August 2022

Posted on: August 9, 2022
Bonfire Beach Concert Series-4

Get In On The Fun

Posted on: August 12, 2022
Town Council-8

Town Council Meeting On Aug. 15

Posted on: August 12, 2022
Victory Day-2

Town Offices Closed Monday, Aug. 8

Posted on: August 5, 2022
Beach Safety Riptides-2

Beach Safety Reminder

Posted on: August 4, 2022
CENTER AVENUE PAVING PROJECT-2

Center Avenue Paving Project

Posted on: August 2, 2022
Food Truck Beach Concert Series-2

Monday Beach Concert Series

Posted on: July 29, 2022
Surfers End Swimming-2

Swimming At Surfer's End

Posted on: July 28, 2022
Beach Safety Lifeguard

Beach Safety Reminder

Posted on: July 28, 2022
Booster

Boost Against COVID-19

Posted on: July 28, 2022
Town Council

Town Council Meeting On Aug. 1

Posted on: July 29, 2022
Recycle Right-4

Remember To Recycle Right!

Posted on: July 27, 2022
Molar Express-2

"Molar Express" On The Way

Posted on: July 26, 2022
Election Workers

Election Workers Needed

Posted on: July 25, 2022
image

Keep Them Safe

Posted on: July 25, 2022
70.257x125

Know Your Escape Route

Posted on: August 1, 2022
64.257x125

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

Posted on: July 25, 2022
Get Vaccinated-2

Never Too Late To Vaccinate

Posted on: October 12, 2021
Windmill in Field

Create an Account

Posted on: November 22, 2016

Stay connected!

Posted on: November 22, 2016

Keep in Touch

Posted on: November 22, 2016

Website Personalization Now Available!

Posted on: November 22, 2016