#1 - Why is the Town of South Kingstown exploring options to rebuild, renovate, or construct school facilities?

According to the Stage I needs report there is over $155 Million in deferred school building maintenance.  The State of Rhode Island currently has generous reimbursement incentives for Cities and Town's that choose to undertake renovation or reconstruction projects in the next few years.  The Town's current minimum State Share reimbursement rate of $0.35/ $1.00 of project cost could increase to $0.52/ $1.00 depending what type of improvements are planned.  You can learn more about the State reimbursement bonuses here.  The potential to offset a substantial amount of local tax dollars for school infrastructure improvements has resulted in a concerted effort by the Town and School District to come together and explore options to bring our facilities into the 21st century.  

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1. #1 - Why is the Town of South Kingstown exploring options to rebuild, renovate, or construct school facilities?
2. #2 - How does the Town of South Kingstown qualify for reimbursement incentives from the State of Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)?