In­cum­bents hold serve in EP races

City Coun­cil, School Com­mit­tee see lit­tle turnover Tues­day

Pawtucket Times - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSEPH FITZGER­ALD jfitzger­ald@woonsock­et­call.com

EAST PROVIDENCE — In­cum­bent City Coun­cil­men Robert Britto and Anna M. Sousa were re-elected Tues­day, and Robert P. Rod­er­icks, Nathan W. Ca­hoon and Ri­cardo Dias Mourato are the new­est mem­bers of the coun­cil.

Sousa won a sec­ond term, de­feat­ing chal­lenger Joshua Luis Pereira for the Ward 2 coun­cil seat by a vote of 1,674 to 1,218, while Rod­er­icks out­polled Ka­lyn A. Chat­telle for the at-large coun­cil seat by a vote of 7,426 to 6,560.

Britto, who was un­op­posed for the Ward 1 coun­cil seat, col­lected 3,697 votes; and Ca­hoon, the un­op­posed can­di­date for the Ward 3 coun­cil seat, gar­nered 2,875 votes.

On the School Com­mit­tee side, un­op­posed in­cum­bents Charles S. Tsonos, An­thony J. Fer­reira, Jes­sica Beauchaine and Joel N. Mon­teriro were all re-elected in their re­spec­tive wards. Also elected was Karen J. Oliveira, the sole can­di­date for the Ward 3 seat on the com­mit­tee.

Vot­ers Tues­day also over­whelm­ingly passed a $189.5 mil­lion bond ref­er­en­dum to fi­nance con­struc­tion of a new high school. The vote to ap­prove the ques­tion was 13,076 to 3,068.

On the state side, in­cum­bent Demo­cratic Dis­trict 18 Sen. Wil­liam J. Con­ley, Jr. dwon re-elec­tion af­ter de­feat­ing Repub­li­can chal­lenger Jack R. Peters by a vote of 4,500 to 1,596; while in­cum­bent Demo­cratic Dis­trict 32 Sen. Cyn­thia Ar­mour Coyne out­polled Repub­li­can chal­lenger David Au­coin, 1,172 to 610.

Demo­crat Liana M. Cas­sar won the Dis­trict 66 House seat, de­feat­ing Repub­li­can Rhonda Holmes by a vote of 1,174 to 835; and in­cum­bent state Rep. Kather­ine S. Kazar­ian (D-Dist. 63, East Providence), who ran un­op­posed for a third term, was re-elected with 4,496 votes.

Vot­ers Tues­day also over­whelm­ingly passed a $189.5 mil­lion bond ref­er­en­dum to fi­nance con­struc­tion of a new high school. The vote to ap­prove the ques­tion was 13,076 to 3,068.

The Rhode Is­land Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion had granted pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval of the city’s ap­pli­ca­tion to re­place the ex­ist­ing East Providence High School and Ca­reer and Tech­ni­cal Cen­ter with a new state-of-the-art com­pre­hen­sive high school. Un­der the state’s new School Con­struc­tion Pro­gram ini­ti­ated to ren­o­vate and re­place pub­lic schools in dis­re­pair across Rhode Is­land, East Providence stands to re­ceive as much as 74 per­cent state re­im­burse­ment for the project.

In or­der for the project to move for­ward, how­ever, city vot­ers had to ap­prove the state and lo­cal school con­struc­tion bond ref­er­en­dum mea­sures on Tues­day.

The new ed­u­ca­tional and ath­let­ics fa­cil­i­ties will be built on the ex­ist­ing site, with an an­tic­i­pated open­ing in the fall of 2021, fol­lowed by de­mo­li­tion of the ex­ist­ing build­ings. The project is de­signed to fea­ture flex­i­ble class­room spa­ces for col­lab­o­ra­tive teach­ing and learn­ing.

In ad­di­tion to the core cur­ricu­lum, the new school will of­fer a range of Ca­reer and Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams, in­clud­ing new and ex­panded spe­cial­ties in au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy, culi­nary arts, foren­sic sci­ence, graphic com­mu­ni­ca­tions, marine bi- ol­ogy, and more. New ath­let­ics fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude a foot­ball sta­dium, track, and soc­cer, base­ball, soft­ball, and lacrosse fields, as well as a gym­na­sium with three bas­ket­ball courts, plus an in­door walk­ing track avail­able for com­mu­nity use.

Based on es­ti­mates from the City of East Providence Fi­nance and As­sess­ment Of­fice, the re­sult­ing im­pact on the res­i­den­tial tax rate will range from $0.76 to $1.17 per $1,000 as­sessed. The aver­age as­sess­ment for a sin­gle-fam­ily home in East Providence is $170,578. At that as­sess­ment, the cor­re­spond­ing tax im­pact is ap­prox­i­mately $130 to $200 per year, or $11 to $17 per month.

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