Thursday, August 27, 2015

WPRI: Providence reminds parents of important school resources

Shaun Towne; Reporting by Kelly Sullivan
Published: August 26, 2015, 11:13 pm

The Providence School Department sent out some important reminders for parents Wednesday as the new academic year looms. Full Story

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Gov. Raimondo unveils $20M fund for school construction

Dan McGowan, Reporter
Published: August 11, 2015, 2:12 pm  Updated: August 11, 2015, 9:46 pm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Making the case that Rhode Island schools need to be “safer, better and healthier” learning environments, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Tuesday launched a new program aimed at repairing and refurbishing aging schoolhouses across the state.

Known as the Rhode Island School Building Authority (SBA), the governor said the program and its advisory board will oversee the school construction process, starting with an independent assessment of all of the state’s school buildings.

The SBA is funded with $20 million from the new 2015-16 state budget, money that will be used to immediately assist schools will smaller construction projects over the next year. Those projects will be determined in the coming weeks and Raimondo said work could begin as soon as September.

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Mayoral assistance with City services‏

The Mayor’s Center for City Services is a new constituent service office. Located on the first floor of City Hall, City Services provides a streamlined and responsive experience for anyone seeking assistance from the city. Residents can stop in, or simply call 421-CITY to speak directly with a staffer.

City Services is also expanding to every corner of Providence to better connect with residents. A new, mobile City Services van is traveling to locations throughout the city, providing the same high-quality service available at City Hall. And there will be Community Office Hours – a new initiative that brings City Services staff directly into supermarkets, community events and other locations.

The first Community Office Hours are Tuesday, August 11 at Compare Foods, 863 Broad Street, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 15 at the Hope Street Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.