School Building Committee

General Information

OAugust 9, 2022 the Town Council appointed a new School Building Committee (SBC), based on a request and recommendations from the School Committee, to undertake the planning and supervision of school facility improvements in accordance with Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) rules and regulations.  This process is known as the Necessity of School Construction (NSC). If followed correctly, the NSC process may qualify the Town for substantial reimbursements from RIDE that would significantly reduce the cost of any proposed improvements.  For additional information, view agendas and minutes for the School Building Committee, and sign up to receive a notifications when meetings are scheduled. 

Meetings and Public Engagement 

The SBC is committed to a transparent planning and implementation process and welcomes community participation at all of our meetings.    Prior to each meeting you should download the latest to agenda to ensure meeting details have not changed.  
TOPIC:School Building Committee - Regular Meeting
Date: Thursday, June 8, 2023
TIME:5:00 p.m. 
LOCATION:South Kingstown High School Cafeteria, 215 Columbia St, Wakefield, RI 02879
AGENDA:Download the agenda by clicking HERE. Please note that agendas are typically posted 48 hours in advance of the meeting.  
 COMMENTS::Regular meeting of the SBC.  Anticipated vote on OPM recommendation.  Additional items will be discussed per the agenda.   

On February 2, 2023 the SBC adopted a new master schedule for 2023 meetings and related project activities related to the Stage II RIDE Submission and beyond. 
Please click on the image below to see the full schedule of anticipated activities.  Please note that this schedule is a guide and meetings and activities may be subject to change.  SBC Stage II Process Schedule_1_2023_Final Adopted_Page_1 Opens in new window

Agendas, Minutes, and Live Stream

  • Agendas:  You can download the latest agenda HERE. 
  • Meeting Minutes:  You can download meeting minutes HERE. 
  • Live Streaming and Videos:  You can view live streaming and recordings of past meetings HERE.  Please note that public comment can only be provided in person. 

Public Comment, Inquiries and Correspondence

  • Members of the public are always welcome to attend meetings in person and provide comment at the appropriate time.  Public comment is not allowed through virtual means. 
  • Questions, comments, and other inquiries can be sent to the committee via e-mail at
  • Written communications can be addressed to: South Kingstown Town Hall, 2nd Floor, Attn: School Building Committee, 180 High Street, Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879.
  • All e-mail, written, and other public is placed on the agenda at normal SBC meetings to ensure the committee is aware of community concerns and can discuss relevant topics.  
  • All communication will be formally accepted, and placed on file.  Should the SBC decide to further direct staff, the projects OPM, or the project's consultant relative to the correspondence, they may do so at the meeting.


Membership of the School Building Committee must meet both Town Charter and Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) membership requirements in order to qualify for state reimbursements and bonuses.  The Committee consists of nine (9) members as follows:

NameTitleRIDE or Charter Role
Lucas Murray, ChairDirector of Administrative ServicesCharter: Appointed by the Town Council
Kate Macinanti, Vice Chair
School Committee Member           RIDE: Member of School Committee

Brian Mahony

Maintenance Director - SchoolRIDE: Local official responsible for building maintenance
James ManniTown ManagerRIDE: Representative of the office or body authorized by law to construct school buildings in the municipality
Raquel PellerinChief Financial Officer - SchoolRIDE: Local budget official or member of the local finance committee
Chip McGairSKHS Principal (May rotate)
RIDE: School Principal from the subject school*
David PalazzettiCommunity MemberRIDE: Community Member with architectural, engineering, and/or construction experience
Mark PrinceSchool SuperintendentRIDE: Superintendent of Schools
Danielle De Simone 
ELA Coordinator of Instruction and Curriculum PK-12 
RIDE: A member who has knowledge of the educational mission and function of the facility

 *This project may include more than one "subject school."  The appointed principal will work to receive input from other principals on other project sites.