Treasurer Magaziner, Legislative Leaders, community members announce bill to expand investment in RI schools buildings
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, co-sponsors Senator Hanna Gallo, Senator Sandra Cano, Representative Brandon Potter, educators, community members, and students announced today legislation that will extend the 2018 investment in Rhode Island’s school buildings.
In 2022, voters will decide on a $300 million statewide bond as well as extend incentive funding for early childhood education facilities, career and technical education facilities, and STEAM facilities.
This proposed bill will include significant incentives for energy efficient and renewable energy improvements to public schools, as well as incentives for school districts to employ local contractors and minority business enterprises for school construction.
The states School Construction Plan has funded more than $1,7 billion to repair or replace 189 school buildings across 28 districts in Rhode Island and helping create 28,000 jobs.
“Four years ago, we embarked on an ambitious plan to repair or replace every structurally deficient school in the state because all students deserve equal access to a high-quality education, and poor school facilities should not be a barrier,” said General Treasurer Seth Magaziner. “Despite incredible progress in a short period of time, there are still thousands of children across Rhode Island attending schools that are old, unsafe, and poorly equipped. We need to continue prioritizing school modernization until all students in Rhode Island are attending schools that are safe, warm, and built for 21st-century learning.”
“Our historic investment in 21st-century school buildings has already produced some amazing results in communities across our state,” said Senator Hanna M. Gallo. “Projects in Cranston, West Warwick, East Providence and beyond have shown Rhode Islanders what is possible. It’s critical that we build on the enthusiasm that’s been generated and keep the momentum going, because there are many other schools in need. Every child deserves a safe, engaging, and modern place to learn and grow. And our educators, who make such an extraordinary difference in young people’s lives, deserve classrooms and buildings worthy of their incredible work.”
“Education transformed my life and opened the door to so many opportunities. We owe it to every student, in every community across our state, to provide the best possible chance at success,” said Senator Sandra Cano. “To accomplish this, it’s essential to have safe, secure, and modern schools. This bond proposal is so important for our state and its future. I’m especially excited about the new and expanded incentives, which will enhance educational programs and help ensure the benefits of this work reach all Rhode Islanders.”