City Council approves phase one of school facilities plan

City Council approves phase one of school facilities plan

PAWTUCKET - The Pawtucket City Council last week approved the first phase of a long-term school facilities improvement plan. The plan can now be sent to the Rhode Island Department of Education for further review.

School officials are hopeful that they'll be eligible for 80 percent reimbursement from the state. Phase one calls for upgrades to Potter-Burns Elementary School and Nathanael Greene Elementary School, as well as upgrades to the overall technology system for the district.

Council members said they agree "conceptually" with the plan as presented. Council President David Moran said that after it goes to the Department of Education, it must be approved by the General Assembly and then by voters through a citywide referendum.

Councilors thanked members of a school facilities subcommittee for their work, saying it "paid off" in the final results.

Potter-Burns and Nathanael Greene are two of the schools where ceilings were found to be unsafe last year. Both schools are nearing 100 years old.