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Mayor Joseph J. Solomon of Rhode Island urged voters’ approval of a $40M to provide infrastructure improvements throughout the school district.
Solomon joined about 20 people including school officials, Council members and representatives of Warwick’s Parent Teacher Associations and Organizations. The bond, if approved, will be allocated as follows: $13,138,637 for mechanical improvements; $11,486,016 for ADA compliance; $9,034,233 for new roofs; $2,352,356 for fire and life safety upgrades; $2,100,000 for “all student access” playgrounds; $1,077,283 for interior upgrades; and $811,476 for asbestos abatement projects. The bond is the first part of an overall $45 million Warwick Public Schools capital improvement plan. The second part of the plan would call for another $5,215,994 spread among the same priorities. “I’m pleased that the Mayor has pledged support for the first phase of this very long overdue investment in our school infrastructure.” said David Testa, School Committee member. “It is our responsibility as elected representatives, school officials and the larger community to ensure that our students not only receive a quality education that will prepare them for the future. But to ensure that they have safe and healthy environments in which to learn,” Solomon said.