Rhode Island School Building Authority 

The State of Rhode Island is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities for all public school students. School facilities provide more than a place for instruction. The physical learning environment contributes to the successful performance of educational programs. 

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With assistance from the School Building Authority Advisory Board, the School Building Authority will ensure that all approved projects provide high quality learning environments, conserve natural resources, consume less energy, are easier to maintain, and provide educationally appropriate school facilities.  This includes overseeing and managing two distinct funding mechanisms for school facilities: the Housing Aid Program and the School Building Authority Capital Fund. The School Building Authority will continue to provide assistance as schools and districts undertake the multi-stage Necessity of School Construction Application to identify school facilities’ needs across the schools and districts buildings.

Build Upon What Works

These changes to the oversight and management of school construction are building on the solid foundation of work undertaken by the General Assembly, the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, and the RI Department of Education.  The School Construction Program, through the oversight of the School Construction Regulations, has set in place fiscal prudence and effective planning practices that have substantially reduced school construction approvals.

Districts will continue to complete the Necessity of School Construction application – to ensures that all approved projects provide high quality learning environments – and will continue to receive reimbursement based on their share ratios (reimbursement rates) for completed projects.   Projects not funded through the School Building Authority Capital Fund will still be eligible under the existing Housing Aid System.

Additional Information

Statewide Assessment Pre-Release Agenda

On Monday September 11th, RIDE will hold a State of Rhode Island Schoolhouses Presentation at the Gaige Hall Auditorium at Rhode Island College.

This event is geared toward LEA leaders (Superintendents, Business Managers, School Committee Members, and Municipal Officials) will provide a board overview of the statewide assessment included in the State of Rhode Island Schoolhouses report, the Jacobs' Recommendations for Consideration, and the updated SBA website. 

Technical Briefing Schedule

About SBA

The School Building Authority is part of RIDE’s Office of Statewide Efficiencies. The School Building Authority oversees the school construction process to ensure that districts comply with provisions of the School Construction Regulations (SCRs).

As of 2007, RIDE ensures that all projects comply with the requirements set forth in the most recent Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NECHPS) protocol so that approved projects provide high quality learning environments, conserve natural resources, consume less energy, are easier to maintain, and provide an enhanced school facility. Through this process RIDE has helped find efficiencies in the design, construction, and operations of school facilities that have resulted in substantial savings due to educational facility planning efficiencies and construction cost avoidance, as well as energy and water cost savings.

SBA Advisory Board

The School Building Authority Advisory Board advises the School Building Authority regarding the best use of the capital fund, including setting statewide priorities, criteria for project approval, and recommendations for project approval and prioritization.

With the establishment of the School Building Authority Advisory board and School Building Authority, Rhode Island reaffirmed its commitment to ensure that children of Rhode Island have safe, healthy, adequate, and educationally appropriate school facilities.

  • Michael DiBiase - Chair
  • Kevin J. Gallagher, Esq
  • Victoria F. Keams
  • Setch Magaziner, Hon.
  • Carolyn Mark
  • Naomi L. Neville, AIA, LEED AP
  • Victoria S. Richman

SBA Staff

We welcome all questions, which can be directed to the School Building Authority Staff.