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3/19/2019 Rep. McLaughlin honored for work in securing grant for ventilation system for Cumberland High School pool
STATE HOUSE — Cumberland Schools Superintendent Robert Mitchell recognized Rep. James N. McLaughlin (D-Dist. 57, Cumberland, Central Falls) for his efforts in working with representatives of the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Cumberland School Committee to secure a $450,000 grant for improvements to Cumberland High School’s pool.

The recognition came during an event Monday night dedicating the pool to the late Bruce Calvert, the 41-year coach of the Cumberland High School swim team who died in 2016.

“The aquatics center is an important resource that is utilized not just by the school, but by the entire community in Cumberland,” said Representative McLaughlin. “There’s a long tradition of swimming in Cumberland, and this is one of the last high school pools that remain in the state. It’s important that its use be a safe and enjoyable one for everybody. I was proud to work with RIDE officials and members of the school committee to make this possible.”

Testing was done after the roof unit controlling air flow and maintaining proper humidity inside the pool area broke down. The testing showed the air was safe, but the system still needed to be replaced. The funding was used to replace the ductwork.

The Cumberland High School Aquatics Center runs Learn to Swim classes, Masters Programs, Cumberland Swim Club, and other programs for the community in addition to the school swim teams.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903