Henry Barnard School to move from RIC to Providence Country Day

This is photo of Henry Barnard School on Rhode Island College's campus. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Rhode Island College said Thursday that the historic elementary school on its campus will be moving out.

John Taraborelli, a spokesperson for RIC, said that on March 1, Henry Barnard School informed the college it wouldn’t be renewing its lease on the building.

Taraborelli said that in 2020, Henry Barnard School signed a one-year lease with four one-year renewal options.

The 125-year-old school will be relocating to Providence Country Day’s East Providence campus.

The Providence Country Day School said it has started a multi-million dollar renovation of Metcalf Hall to welcome the Henry Barnard School students next year.

In the summer of 2020, Rhode Island College announced it would be shutting down the elementary school in 2021, citing budget cuts because of the coronavirus pandemic and low enrollment rates.

Later that year, the Henry Bernard School was saved from closing, but was no longer affiliated with the college.

Thursday, Taraborelli said RIC is planning to build a one-stop Student Services Center on campus.

“We are currently awaiting approval on a proposal to the US Treasury Department for ARPA funding for the project,” he wrote in an email to ABC 6 news. “One of the sites under consideration for this construction is the Henry Barnard building.”

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