Statement from Senior Deputy Majority Leader Nicholas J. Narducci Jr. Regarding Readiness of Providence Schools

A little over two weeks ago the City Council met and heard from the Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Fran Gallo, along with the COO of the School Department Joe DiPina, President of the School Board Nicholas Hemond, Esq., and the City’s Director of Public Property Michael Borg where they told us that the schools were in good conditions and would be ready for students on day one. As we learn more, that’s not the case.

The City is now deploying employees from the Department of Public Works to help finish projects that will barely make the schools functional. Time and time again, we listen to this administration and take them at their word, and then to only find out that it is only lip service on their end, and it is disheartening.

I want answers, and I believe my colleagues do as well. Our students, teachers, staff, and parents deserve answers. They deserve to know that the City is doing what they say they are, and I’m not sure that’s the case.

Nicholas J. Narducci Jr., Senior Deputy Majority Leader, Providence City Council, Councilman – Ward 4

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