Charter school wins Town Council OK

Charter school wins Town Council OK

CUMBERLAND – Town Council members Wednesday evening, after layering on a lengthy lists of restrictions, approved the rezoning of Currier Park as the site of a new elementary charter school.

This is a $15 million project almost directly opposite Town Hall near the Central Falls line. The three-story, 40,000-square-foot school will serve 400 students, with 100 each coming from Cumberland, Lincoln, Pawtucket and Central Falls.

In the process of getting it approved, officials of the Blackstone Valley Prep charter school addressed concerns about traffic and parking by securing off-site parking space within the nearby Cadillac Mills complex. They pledged to reduce the number of parents dropping off and picking up students, and to urge those parents to access the wider, less traveled roads of Valley Falls to ease traffic on Broad Street.

Officials are also offering to open the school playground for after-hours use by the neighborhood.

The project won four of seven council votes.

Opposed were the local Town Council Manuel DaCosta and at-large member Art Lambi. Councilor Scott Schmitt recused himself because of an association with one of the school’s attorneys but indicated later he would have voted against it.

For project details, see the Sept. 26 Valley Breeze.

- Marcia Green