Providence Teachers Union confirm Lauro and Feinstein elementary schools to close

Alan Shawn Feinstein Elementary School in Providence. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Providence Teachers Union has confirmed that Carl Lauro and Alan Feinstein at Broad Street elementary schools will be closing.

Providence Teachers Union Vice President Jeremy Sencer told ABC 6 News that staff at those two schools were informed Tuesday afternoon that their schools will be closing.

Sencer added that Gilbert Stuart Middle School will also be phased out.

The announcement comes after the union tweeted out over the weekend that they learned two schools will be closing, criticizing the lack of transparency coming from state leaders.

A spokesman for the district issued a response to the tweet confirming two schools would be closing without naming the two.

“Providence Public Schools and RIDE are proud to say that next year, two crumbling schools will finally be taken offline as part of a comprehensive plan to dramatically increase the number of students and educators in modern facilities,” read a portion of the weekend statement which also blasted the union for how they went about announcing the closures.

Department of Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green spoke with the media Tuesday morning was also critical of the union.

“When you talk about students, that’s who you have to put first, the students and the staff, and this was not professional,” the commissioner said.

Providence Teachers Union President Maribeth Calabro stood by the union’s tweet saying, “You reap what you sow, if you put it out there to put kids first then lets put kids first.”

The Department of Education released a statement regarding the closures and their rebuilding plan Tuesday night.

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