School construction $$ on hold
State legislative leaders have told the Rhode Island Department of Education to stop awarding school construction funds because of the state’s fiscal crisis. The board that oversees elementary and secondary public schools was set to vote on several projects at its next meeting.
A letter dated May 12th and signed by the chairs of both the House and Senate Finance Committees says school officials should hold off on all projects still awaiting their approval.
“In light of the state’s current fiscal condition, we are asking that the Board not act on any of the construction and renovation projects currently under review,” the letter states. “We expect to let you know how the General Assembly will proceed on this issue before the end of the 2011 [legislative] session.”
Projects currently in the pipeline for state approval include renovations and repairs for the Wilbur & McMahon School in Little Compton, the Paul Cuffee Charter School in Providence and Mt. Hope High School in Bristol.
A spokesperson from RIDE says the Board of Regents took no action on the school construction issue at a working meeting this week.