School board will review options for Shea

School board will review options for Shea

Shea High School will receive a major overhaul over the coming year, but officials must decide where to educate students while work is happening.

PAWTUCKET – The School Committee this week is set to consider various options for housing and educating Shea High School students in the upcoming school year, after previously having a proposal to have them share space with Tolman High School in a hybrid schedule rejected by the state.

Chairwoman Erin Dube noted that Supt. Cheryl McWilliams was tasked with exploring alternate options for moving forward with high school construction now that an A/B schedule isn’t feasible.

“On Thursday there will be an overview of the multiple options that the superintendent and her team, in coordination with the city, have been exploring as we work to deliver 21st-century school buildings to our students,” she said.

Thursday’s work session will be held in-person at Jenks Jr. High School, 350 Division St., at 6:30 p.m., and there will also be a livestream online.

As reported by The Breeze in early July, RIDE Deputy Commissioner for System Transformation Kelvin Roldán informed the district that its plan for housing students during reconstruction of Shea violated both Rhode Island law and the Basic Education Program. Unless otherwise provided for, districts must provide at least 180 days each year of in-person instruction, he said.

As stated by Dube for that story, additional options available to Pawtucket include an occupied construction at Shea, which has raised concerns among staff, trailers on multiple lots, or renting another vacant space in the city.