Scholars, families, elected officials and Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) staff gathered this morning to usher in a happy occasion – the ribbon cutting for their Middle School’s (MS1) permanent location. In addition to commemorating their new home, BVP also celebrated now having a location in three of the four communities scholars reside in.

Mayor James Diossa (Central Falls) and BVP Board Chairman was emcee for the event which included remarks from RI Commissioner of Education Dr. Ken Wagner, Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, and CEO of Civic Builders David Umansky.

“This school represents the continued partnership between the Central Falls community and a network of schools doing outstanding work.” shared Mayor Diossa. “With scholars from Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln and Pawtucket attending school together, BVP has taken a building that has been an important landmark in my community and shared it with our neighbors in a really meaningful way.”

The ceremony concluded with scholar and staff led tours of the newly renovated building.

MS1’s new location located at 909 Lonsdale Avenue, is 31,492 square feet and serves 320 scholars, grades 5-8.

David Umansky, CEO of Civic Builders shared at the ceremony, “Blackstone Valley Prep’s partner in the cross-sector facilities project was Civic Builders, a leading nonprofit dedicated to helping high-quality charter schools find, finance and build or renovate private space. Civic Builders utilized a $7 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation in the project financing.”

The school has 15 core classrooms, including one for art and one for music as well as 6 conference spaces used for intervention and small group instruction. A photo of the ceremony is included below.

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From left to right: Senator Edward O’Neil, Scholar Anika Stager, Head of School Joy Souza, Civic Builders CEO David Umansky, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, Lieutenant Governor Daniel McKee, Scholar Dillan Fontalvo, Lincoln Town Administrator Joe Almond and Cumberland Mayor Bill Murray.