$200 million plan to fix Providence schools

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The mayor of Providence itched to borrow $200 million to fix up the city’s aging, run-down schools Monday morning.

Mayor Elorza held a media briefing Monday with Mount Pleasant High School as the backdrop.

The 79-year-old school is already under construction.

Mayor Elorza says a debt analysis found the city could afford to borrow up to $400 million but he only wants half of that, for now to launch a 10 year project.

A student who attended the event detailed some of the problems inside her school.

“My school is bad. And when I say bad, I mean ceilings falling in, water leaking into classrooms, floors with cracks in them, walls peeling,” said Charisma Sampson.

“Many of these buildings, they haven’t been worked on fundamentally in decades, and the work that they need is significant,” said Mayor Elorza.

The mayor has hired a school planning consultant to map out a way to rehab Providence’s 38 schools with that $200 million.

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