BVP and Civic Builders Host High School Groundbreaking Ceremony

Cumberland, RI – Yesterday Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy and Civic Builders held 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. It will be home to 320 scholars, 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 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 projected construction budget is $10.3 Million. BVP will lease the building from Civic Builders with a purchase option after the first few years.

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 and click “join our team.”

To read the article on our groundbreaking featured in the Pawtucket Times, click here. For the feature in the Providence Journal, click here.

High School scholars holding shovels and breaking ground on the new BVP High School

From left to right: Scholar Council members Cesar Urzua, Savannah Melo, Edy Pineda, Jorge Moreno, Samantha Ortiz-Muriel, and Jide Adeleke


Groundbreaking attendees breaking ground on BVP High School

From left to right: Town Administrator T. Joseph Almond, Cumberland Mayor William Murray, Civic Builders CEO David Umansky, Board Chair & Central Falls Mayor James Diossa, Lt. Governor Daniel McKee, Jessica Waters, Scholar Edy Pineda, Scholar Savannah Melo, Scholar Jorge Moreno, Scholar Cesar Urzua, Michael Magee, Blackstone Valley Prep Executive Director Jeremy Chiappetta, Elaine Dickson, Michael Gwynn, and Vice President at H.V. Collins

Renderings of Blackstone Valley Prep High School

A rendering of BVP High School from the front of the building

A rendering of BVP High School from the side of the building

A rendering of BVP High School from an overhead perspective

A rendering of floor plans for BVP High School


About Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy

Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) is a network of tuition-free public schools chartered by the Rhode Island Department of Education. As a growing network of schools, BVP offers a high quality public school choice to the families of Lincoln, Cumberland, Central Falls, and Pawtucket and currently serves almost 1,600 scholars in grades K-11 at 6 schools. A member of the Rhode Island Mayoral Academies network, BVP’s mission is to prepare every scholar for college and the world beyond. More information can be found at

About Civic Builders

Civic Builders transforms children’s lives and revitalizes communities by building inspirational schools for students in underserved neighborhoods. Dedicated to giving every child the chance to attend a great school, Civic Builders partners with the nation’s best educators to create public charter school buildings in communities where the need is greatest. Civic Builders marries real estate know-how and financial expertise to develop great schools so children can build their futures. Every classroom created is a space where children learn and thrive for generations to come. More information can be found at