Officials promise cleaner, safer Providence schools

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – Improvements with Providence’s public schools, albeit mostly cosmetic, are already taking effect in the wake of a scathing independent report that found city schools among the worst in the nation.

Michael Borg, director of Public Property and Capital Improvement for the city, told the City Council on Wednesday that $20 million is being invested this summer to make repairs in the city’s schools. The projects include fixing roofs, boilers, ceilings and addressing fire code issues.

Mayor Jorge Elorza announced he’s calling on volunteers to help clean schools.

Also Wednesday, state Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green told the Board of Education she has asked the contractor hired to clean the city’s 41 schools to upgrade its level of service. She expects a fresh plan from the contractor by the end of this week.

  • gary fey

    What about the lead? Not much has been mentioned about it, except that the inspectors found it in a few schools. Is it lead in the water? If so, what has been done? Pipes changed? Water turned off? Lead is highly toxic and can cause irreparable brain damage and behavioral problems. Exposure to lead can occur by contaminated air, water, dust, food, or consumer products. So exactly where is the lead? EVERY student attending Providence Schools should be tested for lead levels but that won’t happen for fear of litigation if a child is found with very high levels in their system.

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