Burrillville School District hires contractor for $427,000 media center upgrade and COVID coordinator

BURRILLVILLE – Narragansett-based contractor Martone Service Co, Inc. has won the tender for a $427,746 contract to renovate Burrillville High School’s media center into a student-centric center, a project approved last year as part of a series of planned improvements to the city’s schools.

The company was one of six bidders to submit proposals for the project, which will be funded by a $7.2 million school building bond approved by voters in 2020. The funding is expected to provide upgrades to five Burrillville schools, including everything from roofs to boilers. , landscaping. More than half of school renovation spending is expected to return to the city through housing assistance reimbursements from the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Design plans for the new media center authored by Torrado Architects of Providence envision an internet cafe-like atmosphere with a STEM classroom, DaVinci room, Maker space, flexible seating and other amenities. Martone is expected to install new rubber flooring and lighting and divide up the space where the center currently sits, adding a small kitchen as well.

Supt. Michael Sollitto said the district plans to begin work on the high school in the coming weeks with hopes of completing the project by the end of January.

The members of the school committee unanimously approved the contractor’s offer at their meeting on Tuesday, October 12.

Sollitto also announced Tuesday that the district has also hired a new full-time COVID coordinator using recently awarded grants. The school department received a $104,360 epidemiology and laboratory grant, which will fund the position, as well as a second part-time job.

Certified Nursing Assistant Giovanni Monteiro was hired for the job and had his first day on the job the day of the Tuesday meeting.

“He will work in our five schools in coordination with nurses and school administration to manage all day-to-day issues related to COVID,” Sollitto said.

The new recruit, who Sollitto said has extensive experience working with COVID testing, is also expected to manage the district’s after-school voluntary testing site once it is operational.

“He will also help with contact tracing after school hours,” Sollitto said.

Monteiro will work rotations Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and the superintendent said he plans to hire an additional part-time employee for Tuesday and Thursday.

“We’re really happy to have her on board and helping our school nurses and principals with these areas,” Sollitto said.

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