Cranston unveils $117M plan to address aging schools

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Cranston’s Superintendent of Schools Jeannine Nota-Masse laid out a $117 million plan to fix some of the city’s aging schools over five years, at a joint meeting Wednesday night of the School Committee and City Council.

Under the proposal, which addresses seven schools in total, the city would close Barrows and Waterman Elementary Schools. It would build a new Gladstone Street School. Four schools would be renovated: Eden Park and Garden City Elementary, as well as Park View Middle School and Cranston West High School.

Thanks to the recently approved state bond money, Cranston hopes to get 70% of the $117 million cost covered. 

The plan is in the very early stages. It has to be approved by the School Committee and City Council, and even if it does, it wouldn’t go to voters until November of 2020. 

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