Arrowstreet joined Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy and Civic Builders at a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the launch of construction of BVP High School. The school is projected to be ready for the 2017-18 school year and will be home to 320 scholars in grades 9-12. Ceremony attendees included Lt. Governor Daniel McKee, Mayor James Diossa of Central Falls, Mayor William Murray of Cumberland, and Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond of Lincoln.
Opening remarks were made by Mayor Diossa and leadership from both Civic Builders and BVP. BVP High School Scholar Council President Edy Pineda shared his reflections on behalf of the school community. “Every achievement, every smile, every tear, every moment my fellow classmates and I take PRIDE in will be represented when we graduate from this building in 2018. We have wanted a building like this to call home since many of us started at BVP in 5th grade.”
The Arrowstreet designed facility will be approximately 40,000 square feet and will include: 10 core classrooms, 2 science classrooms, art room, makerspace, music room, cafeteria, media center, gymnasium, administrative support spaces, field space to accommodate soccer, and requisite parking.
The exterior design, approved by the Cumberland Planning Board earlier this year, is inspired by the surrounding neighborhood and green space as well as the role of the Blackstone Valley in the early days of the textile industry. Given this, the use of cedar planks and corrugated metal on the exterior of the building are to reflect a contemporary use of industrial materials.
Today’s ceremony also kicked off BVP’s search for its high school leader. A selection committee composed of scholars, parents, staff, and board members will oversee the recruitment and selection process. For more information, including a full job description and more about BVP’s $5,000 referral bonus, please visit blackstonevalleyprep.org and click “join our team.”