School Building Committee
Facilities Improvement Project Information
Visit the new SKSDBuild.org webpage dedicated to the Facilities Improvement Project, or visit School Department's webpage to learn more about current and future school facility improvement projects. Check back often for updates, as there are ongoing projects as well as a Stage 2 application for an $85 Million project planned for submission to RIDE in February 2021. For additional detail, view agendas and minutes (links below) for the School Building Committee, and even sign up to receive a notification when meetings are scheduled.
- The School Building Committee first met July 12, 2018
- Meetings are scheduled as needed by the School Building Committee Chair
- Meeting Date, Time, Location, and Agenda are posted in advance
- The SBC has a Communications Task Force Subcommittee that also meets as needed, with meeting Date, Time, Location, and Agenda posted in advance
All School Building Committee meetings and Communications Task Force Subcommittee meetings and are open to the public, and must meet OMA requirements.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
- School Building Committee: View agendas and minutes
- Communications Task Force Subcommittee: View agendas and minutes
Correspondence to the School Building Committee should be sent to the School Building Committee's Secretary. Correspondence can be accepted via email or regular mail.
Once received, correspondence will be distributed to the School Building Committee members, and additional Town and School staff involved in the project and supporting the efforts of the Committee, as well as the Owner's Project Manager(s) and consultants working on the project. At the next SBC meeting, the 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 meet both local and State membership requirements, the Committee consists of a combined 14 members, with seven members appointed by the Town Council, six members appointed by the School Committee, and one member, the RIDE required community member, appointed jointly by the Town Council and the School Committee. It is noted that there are fourteen members of the Committee, but only thirteen are voting members.
|Name||Title||RIDE or Charter Role||Appointed by|
|Melissa Towle, Chair||Community Member||RIDE: South Kingstown resident with architectural, engineering, and/or construction experience||Town Council & School Committee|
|Emily Cummiskey*, Secretary||School Committee Member||Charter: School Committee Member||School Committee|
|Maintenance Director - School||RIDE: Local official responsible for building maintenance||School Committee|
|Raquel Pellerin||Chief Financial Officer - School||RIDE: Local budget official or member of the local finance committee||School Committee|
|Deborah Kelso*||Town Council Member||Charter: Majority||Town Council|
|Kate Macinanti*||School Committee Member||RIDE: A member who has knowledge of the educational mission and function of the facility||School Committee|
|Chip McGair||SKHS Principal (with input from other principals, rotating position)
|RIDE: School Principal from the subject school||School Committee|
|Aimee Reiner||Director of Administrative Services - Town||Charter: Majority||Town Council|
|vacant||Building Official - Town||RIDE: Representative of the office or body authorized by law to construct school buildings in the municipality||Town Council|
|Mark Russo||Facilities Superintendent - Town||Charter: Majority||Town Council|
|Linda Savastano*||School Superintendent||RIDE: Superintendent of Schools||School Committee|
|Zachary Saul||Finance Director - Town||Charter: Majority||Town Council|
|Abel Collins||Town Council President||Charter: Majority||Town Council|
|Robert Zarnetske*||Town Manager||Charter: Majority||Town Council|
RIDE School Construction Regulations ‐ School Building Committee members
"The district must submit names and backgrounds of the members of the school building committee that shall be formed in accordance with the provisions of the district’s local charter and/or bylaws. The school building committee must, at a minimum consist of eight people, including the superintendent of schools, at least one member of the school committee, the local official responsible for building maintenance, a representative of the office or body authorized by law to construct school buildings in the municipality, the school principal from the subject school, a member who has knowledge of the educational mission and function of the facility, a local budget official or member of the local finance committee, and at least one member of the community with architectural, engineering and/or construction experience to provide input relative to the effect of the project on the community and to examine building design and construction plans for reasonableness."