Electronic sign on agenda at tonight's School Committee meeting

Electronic sign on agenda at tonight's School Committee meeting

CUMBERLAND - It was nine months in the waiting, but when the Cumberland School Committee meets Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Transitional Building cafeteria, it may finally approve the installation of the electronic sign at the high school.

School board members had put off approval last August after learning the electronic sign, at that time, was a violation of the town's sign ordinance.

Since then, a new sign ordinance does permit electronic or message signs. However, the proposed sign was larger than permitted and that took permission of the Zoning Board of Review.

In April, zoners agreed to allow 14.5 feet, which is 6.5 feet higher than the code allows.

The resolution before the school board tonight authorizes the purchase from Dion Signs of Central Falls for $25,700.

Also on the agenda is a discussion about a $1.8 million energy upgrade that Town Council members unexpectedly tabled last Wednesday after complaining they'd had the information requested for less than a day in advance.

Business Manager Alex Prignano told the councilors that the delay could mean not all the schools can be retrofitted this summer, but a majority of councilors weren't persuaded and voted to reconsider the request at their June 18 meeting.

Several more policies updates will also be considered.