Thursday, June 14, 2012
The chairman of the Little Compton Building Committee says they are currently seeking the clerk-of-the-works, temporary classroom vendor and pre-qualified contractors.
Three variables remain for the Little Compton School Building Committee to fulfill in order to begin repairing Wilbur-McMahon School following voter approval to go to bond last month for $11.3 million. Committee Chairman Tom Allder said last week that four requests-for-proposals came in for a clerk-of-the-works to oversee the project, as requireed by the Rhode Island Department of Education. He said that person will be an employee of the school and be the "day-to-day eyes and ears" while reporting to the Building Committee. Second, Allder said they are going out to bid on a temporary classrooms vendor, and a pre bid conference took place Monday. The classroom pods are slated to go on Veteran's Field for the 2012-13 school year while Wilbur…
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Final results are as of 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
The voters of Little Compton approved the $11.3 million school bond to repair the infrastructure issues plaguing Wilbur-McMahon School on Tuesday. According to the Town Clerk's Office as of 9:30 p.m., there were 568 votes to approve and 89 votes to reject the proposal. Of the 2,975 registered voters in town, 657 cast their vote. Residents commented during the day about the importance of a vote like this, citing the effort to continue providing a sound building to educate the children of Little Compton. The Rhode Island Department of Education bond comes at a 40 percent reimbursement to the town, on a 5 percent interest rate on a 20-year loan. The renovation should bring a new roof to last 20 to 30 years and a modernized infrastructure in …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Poll workers expect the late afternoon rush to begin.
After an afternoon lull, Little Compton voters have started trickling into Wilbur-McMahon School to vote on the $11.3 million school bond. Polls close at 8 p.m. As of 2:45 p.m., Town Clerk Carol Wordell said 268 votes have been cast out of the town's 2,975 registered voters. She said they will finish the ballot and vote counts when the polls close, then head to Town Hall to count the 28 mail in ballots. "It's an important issue the town needs to deal with for the future," said Jack Faria, former Little Compton fire chief. He first attended Wilbur-McMahon in 1959, and said he did many inspections of the school as the fire chief. However, he added that all the recent infrastructure issues addressed in this current proposal came up after he …
It's two important events for both towns and their government.
1. Tuesday's forecast is rain showers, mainly before 4 p.m. There will be patchy fog and a high near 54 degrees. 2. The $11.3 million Wilbur-McMahon School special referendum bond vote is today, with polls opening at 9 a.m. in the schools gymnasium. Polls close at 8 p.m., and we'll try to get you the results as soon as they come in! Read here for some quick background information, and click on the attached ballot. 3. The financial town hearing on Tiverton's fiscal 2013 budget is tonight at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium. We'll be there live blogging it. Read here for more information on the Budget Committee proposal and read here for the proposal from Town Councilor Dave Nelson. Click through to read the agenda as well as the ballot…
Monday, April 23, 2012
The final public hearings on Little Compton's $11.3 million school bond referendum on May 1 are this week.
The $11.3 million Little Compton school bond special referendum is next Tuesday, May 1. It's from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Wilbur-McMahon gymnasium. The final public hearings are this Wedesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. and this Saturday, April 28 at 9 a.m., both in the school gym. The April 5 public hearing was covered, and a sample ballot is attached to this post. For more information:
Thursday, April 5, 2012
There are two more public hearings this month before the May 1 vote. Signs telling voters to get out on May 1 have started to appear on Little Compton lawns.
More than 50 people attended the public hearing to renovate Wilbur-McMahon School on Tuesday night, where its proponents covered all facets of the project's history and potential impact to Little Compton. There are two more public hearings at the end of the month prior to the May 1 all-day referendum to vote on an $11.3 million bond to help finance the project. "I think they've done their homework," said resident Martha Souther as she was leaving the meeting with her husband. "Now it's up to the people." Little Compton residents Kate Madden and Betsy McKinnon agreed, adding that more parents should have attended the hearing. Madden added that, although the students will be in a different setting for their education for one whole year, kids…
Monday, March 21, 2011
Little Compton Building Committee Chairman Tom Allder gave a tour of the Wilbur-McMahon School recently to showcase the major infrastructure areas that need to be refurbished or reconfigured.
A tour of Wilbur-McMahon School was conducted recently by Tom Allder, chairman of the Little Compton Building Committee, where he pointed to specific areas of concern within its infrastructure that are within the proposal for its renovation. The School Committee recently approved a reduction in the scale of the proposed school renovation, which will reconfigure the current facility to about 65,000 square feet, rather than the proposed 71,000 square feet from last November. The Town Council, Building Committee, School Committee and superintendent are meeting tonight for a workshop at Town Hall to go over the revised Stage II application before they resubmit it to the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). Currently, the cost estimate …