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Capital Reserves Committee talks future school projects

April 1, 2011

Photo By Shaun Kirby

The success of the agricultural program at NHS has prompted the school department to allot $100,000 for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

NARRAGANSETT–The Capital Reserves Committee met on Tuesday evening to outline upcoming renovations at the Narragansett High School. These major projects include a new glass envelope for the school’s greenhouse and a new floor for the high school gymnasium.

“This committee’s purpose is to understand the capital plan as presented to the school department, and make recommendations to the town council in financing all three schools,” said Katherine E. Sipala, Superintendent of Schools in Narragansett.

“The school department thinks this group is important because our capital has to be looked at seriously,” she added.

The agricultural program at NHS, directed by science teacher Gregory Breene, offers students hands-on experience in the green arts.

Students prepare year-round for major projects such as the plant sale in May, and over half the school participates in agriculture classes.
“We’re hoping to fix [the greenhouse] up in the summer,” said Taylor Koski, a student and member of the Future Farmer’s of America program.
The greenhouse complex even boasts a building for producing maple syrup. Students produced 32 gallons of syrup this year, selling it at prices of $5 to $15. The maximum profit that the program can reap is $15,000. The success of the agricultural program at NHS has prompted the school department to allot $100,000 for the 2012-13 fiscal year to spend on a new greenhouse envelope, updating the facility significantly.

The gymnasium at Narragansett High school is also in need of significant updates. For the 2012-13 fiscal year, the school hopes to replace the existing floor with a new rubber gym floor and also replace the 32-year-old original bleachers. The estimated cost of these items is $100,000.

“These projects [in the gym] are like a Pandora’s box,” said Gary Minett, director of Facilities and Maintenance. “Once you begin, all of the projects must be done.”

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