CRANSTON, RI – Standing
outside Cranston East High School and pointing to a window on the second floor
that had been held shut with duct tape but blew open during a January cold
spell, Governor Gina Raimondo today urged Rhode Islanders to support her
once-in-a-generation school construction bond.
“Mayor Fung: Why do you oppose our proposal to fix Rhode
Island’s - and Cranston’s - school buildings?” Raimondo asked. “Our students
deserve a shot at a bright future. We’re teaching computer science in every
public school in Rhode Island, but we must do more to make a
once-in-a-generation investment to modernize our school buildings and guarantee
every student and every hardworking teacher an opportunity to attend or work in
a school that is warm, safe and dry. For far too long, Mayor Fung has ignored
the decrepit state of Cranston’s school buildings and he opposes our plan to
fix our state’s school buildings. His inaction has consequences. Cranston
students were frozen out of school for days in January when a frozen pipe burst
in a boys’ urinal and flooded Cranston East.”
The broken window caused pipes in a urinal on the second floor
to freeze and burst, leading to flooding that caused damage to the building and
closed school for days. Cranston Mayor Allan Fung opposes the Governor’s plan
which will invest $1 billion statewide over 5 years to fix school buildings
across Rhode Island. Under the Governor’s plan, Cranston would be eligible for
millions of dollars of extra state funding to renovate or rebuild its schools,
including Cranston East High School.
According to the Cranston
Herald, the Frozen Fung Flood damaged 150 computers and several 3D
Immediately after taking office, Governor Raimondo lifted the
previous administrations’ five-year freeze on school construction and increased
investments in priority projects. Since the moratorium lifted, most communities
pursued funding from the state’s increased investments through the Department
of Education’s School Building Authority.
Cranston did not.
This year, Governor Raimondo led the charge to make a
once-in-a-generation, $1 billion investment to ensure that every student in the
state can attend a school that is warm, safe and dry. Her plan will support
thousands of jobs over the next 10 years.
The Governor’s school bond proposal is Question One on the
November ballot and will support school building projects in every city and
town across Rhode Island.