Front of Davies (1992 Building)
  • The William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School covers more than 200,000 square feet across our campus in Lincoln, Rhode Island. The school sits behind the CCRI Flanagan Campus and is accessible by Route 123 through two entrances. The school first opened in 1971. An additional north wing was constructed in the early 1990s.


    • In March 2023, the Governor recommended $35 million in financing from the Rhode Island Capital Plan Fund in FY 2024-2026 for Davies school construction to replace the original 1971 wing of the building. It is projected that an entire building replacement would cost $120 million. Formerly, Davies was approved for a $9 million dollar Health Careers building and is working on planning. In the June 12, 2023 Board of Trustee meeting, Director Watkins indicated a cost saving of $2 million by combining construction projects. The funds would be appropriated over 3 years with a combined total of $44.5 million dollars for rehabilitation and new construction of the 70s wing and Health Careers program. Any state structure over 50 years is eligible for remodeling. Davies hopes the new construction once completed will bring student learning into a new century and be ready for the next 50 years of learning and growth as the state's premier career and technical education high school. (8/30/2023)
    • In compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act (AHERA), Davies Tech complies with asbestos re-inspection mandates. Click here to read the report of the most recent re-inspection. All building materials found to contain asbestos are encapsulated or present no danger and all building materials have been deemed in good condition. (4/6/2018)

Press Release from the Governor's Office

  • Governor McKee, RIDE Highlight #RIReady Budget Investments for Davies Career and Technical High School

    Published by the Governor's Office on Wednesday, March 08, 2023

    #RIReady FY24 Budget recommends $35 million to construct new classrooms, media center, CTE lab and more


    LINCOLN, RI – Governor Dan McKee, Rhode Island Department of Education Deputy Commissioner of Instructional Programs Lisa Odom-Villella, RIDE Chief Operating Officer Mario Carreño, Davies Career and Technical Director Mary Watkins, and Rhode Island state legislators joined officials from the William M. Davies, Jr. Career and Technical High School to discuss significant facility investments laid out in Governor McKee’s FY24 #RIReady Budget proposal. The Governor recommends $35 million in financing from the Rhode Island Capital Plan Fund in FY 2024-2026 for Davies school construction.


    “Through the RI Ready budget, we will transform Davies Career and Technical High School into an efficient and inspiring 21st century learning environment,” said Governor McKee. “My administration is committed to improving student outcomes and providing both educators and students with the school facilities they deserve. We look forward to watching the Davies’ school community thrive as a result of the RI Ready vision and investment.”


    The Fiscal Year 2024 budget proposes to support new construction that will replace a wing of the school built in the 1970s. The current wing of the building is in poor condition and inefficiently designed. A RIDE School Building Authority (SBA) assessment found it would be more cost effective and educationally beneficial to replace the old wing and renovate the new wing, with an approximate cost of $30 to $35 million, rather than to build an entire facility, which would cost about $120 million. The overall cost has risen since the 2017 assessment due to inflation. The new addition would house academic classrooms, a media center/library, CTE lab, and theory spaces.


    “To prepare our students to compete in a global economy, all aspects of our education system must be aligned and focused on 21st century learning. This includes the environments in which students learn,” said Chair of the Council Elementary and Secondary Education Patti DiCenso. “On behalf of the Council, I share my gratitude with the McKee Administration for sharing a bold vision for Davies’ and school communities throughout Rhode Island.


    “For far too long, students and educators statewide have found themselves limited by outdated facilities that are not conducive to learning. The Rhode Island Department of Education is proud to support the proposed investments at Davies Career and Technical High School,” said Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green. “Together, we are addressing the critical need for modern and engaging learning environments that will equip students with the tools they need to succeed in college and career.”


    Funding in the project’s first year would be for procurement of design services and demolition of the existing structure, which would be built and furnished in the following two years.


    “Thanks to Governor McKee's proposed investments, we will be able to finance a 21st century, cost-effective design solution for Davies that provides facility equity for students and improved working conditions for teachers,” said Davies Career and Technical Center Director Mary Watkins. “The new wing will reclaim underutilized square footage in the current design and repurpose it to create new, state-of-the-art facilities reflective of equivalent workplaces of tomorrow's economy. These spaces will support innovative teaching and learning, as well as the safety, security and environmental well-being of students and staff.”


Photos of the 1971 wing

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  • Contact Information

    For questions on Davies grounds and facilities, please contact Paul Northup, Facilities Coordinator, at 401-728-1500, ext. 249, or by e-mail at pnorthup@daviestech.org.

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