WESTERLY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
23 Highland Avenue, Westerly, RI 02891
Finishing The Job By Addressing Needs At Elementary Schools
The State of Rhode Island is offering historic levels of state funding for new and renovated schools, thanks to a School Repair Bond overwhelmingly passed by the voters last year. Westerly will be one of the first school departments to qualify for those funds. That means that the state will pay up to 50% of the cost of construction. Once the state approves Westerly's elementary upgrade plans sometime in May, the final percentage will be locked in. Westerly voters will then be asked to approve the project sometime later in the year.
A New Intermediate School On State Street Site
A Renovated & Expanded Dunn's Corner ES – PK-2
A Renovated Springbrook ES – PK-2
Click On Any Of The Pictures Below To Download A PDF Of The Plans
Funding For School
Proposal for Elementary School Upgrades Approved
And Sent To State For Review
In December 2001, the Westerly School Department unveiled a plan to upgrade all of its schools by the year 2020. It was appropriately called Vision 2020. Since then, the promise of that plan has taken shape in a beautifully renovated high school and a new state-of-the-art middle school.
The next order of business was upgrading the elementary schools. Over the past Many options were considered. (Click here to see Elementary Options)
After the voters narrowly defeated a plan back in November 2016, the School Committee was still committed to seeing Vision 2020 come to life. So it authorized a new Building Committee to look at establishing a new plan. All options were on the table.
The first order of business was to listen to the community. With that in mind, surveys and focus groups were conducted involving hundreds of stakeholders. They were asked to give their thoughts on the future of education in Westerly. Students, teachers, administrators, school committee members, parents, and many others came together in community forums to talk about a vision for education and options for the future. An extensive research process involving an educational planner and architect brought the universe of possibilities down to a manageable four. (See Elementary Options Web Page)
After receiving more community input on the four final options, one clear choice emerged – supported by many stakeholders:
1. Maintain three neighborhood elementary schools in the heart of the most populated areas of the Westerly community.
2. Bring 5th graders back to an elementary school setting from the middle school, giving the middle school more room for its core population. (The state facilities study called the Jacob's Report shows that the middle school is currently over capacity) In surveys and focus groups, the community strongly supported 5th grade to be moved back to the elementary schools.
3. Replace the current State Street school with a new intermediate school on the same site. This school would be able to accommodate all of Westerly's students in grades 3-5.
4. Upgrade Dunn's Corner ES with a new cafeteria and collaborative spaces to better serve Pk-2 students. These upgrades would include necessary maintenance items revealed in the Jacob's Report.
5. Upgrade Springbrook ES to better serve PK-2 students.
Download an overview of the plan by clicking on any of the pictures below.
Watch as Westerly's teachers, parents, staff, and administrators help design their new and renovated elementary schools. The meeting was held in September and it helped define the Educational Specifications for the design of the schools you see on this page.