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Place heads panel studying reuse of Rhodes School

Mayor Scott Avedisian has announced the membership of a nine-person committee he created by executive order to study options for the reuse of the Christopher Rhodes Elementary School.

Council President Bruce Place, whose ward encompasses the school, will serve as committee chairman. Other members are Phil Slocum, in his capacity as Planning Board chairman; Rick Crenca, principal planner in the Planning Department; Joe Blake, maintenance supervisor for the Department of Public Works; Lara D’Antuono, executive director of the Warwick Boys & Girls Clubs, which has a Norwood branch; Margaret Andreozzi, a longtime area resident; Heather Murphy, who has been active in a number of area organizations; John Mulhearn, in his capacity as a real estate developer; and Carl Salusito, president of the Norwood Neighborhood Association.

Rhodes School was among four elementary schools that were closed by the Warwick School Department in recent years due to declining enrollment in the elementary school system. The School Department then declared the facility as surplus property and returned the care, custody and control of the building and grounds to the city.

Place said he is in the process of scheduling the first meeting.

Avedisian created a similar committee to examine the reuse of Potowomut Elementary School. That membership is being finalized and will be announced soon, Avedisian said.


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