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NARRAGANSETTâ€“The Capital Reserves Committee met on Tuesday evening to outline upcoming renovations at the Narragansett High School. These major projects include a new glass envelope for the schoolâ€™s greenhouse and a new floor for the high school gymnasium.
â€śThis committeeâ€™s purpose is to understand the capital plan as presented to the school department, and make recommendations to the town council in financing all three schools,â€ť said Katherine E. Sipala, Superintendent of Schools in Narragansett.
â€śThe school department thinks this group is important because our capital has to be looked at seriously,â€ť she added.
The agricultural program at NHS, directed by science teacher Gregory Breene, offers students hands-on experience in the green arts.
Students prepare year-round for major projects such as the plant sale in May, and over half the school participates in agriculture classes.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping to fix [the greenhouse] up in the summer,â€ť said Taylor Koski, a student and member of the Future Farmerâ€™s of America program.
The greenhouse complex even boasts a building for producing maple syrup. Students produced 32 gallons of syrup this year, selling it at prices of $5 to $15. The maximum profit that the program can reap is $15,000. The success of the agricultural program at NHS has prompted the school department to allot $100,000 for the 2012-13 fiscal year to spend on a new greenhouse envelope, updating the facility significantly.
The gymnasium at Narragansett High school is also in need of significant updates. For the 2012-13 fiscal year, the school hopes to replace the existing floor with a new rubber gym floor and also replace the 32-year-old original bleachers. The estimated cost of these items is $100,000.
â€śThese projects [in the gym] are like a Pandoraâ€™s box,â€ť said Gary Minett, director of Facilities and Maintenance. â€śOnce you begin, all of the projects must be done.â€ť
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