Knight announces school board bid

Knight announces school board bid

PAWTUCKET - Joseph C. Knight, of 104 Lyman St., has announced his candidacy for election to the Pawtucket School Committee. Knight will seek office as an endorsed Democrat.

"As a lifelong Pawtucket resident, I am troubled by the conditions of our school buildings," he said in a news release. "When I was previously on the School Committee, I started the process to appoint a facilities committee, which helped start the process to identify and prioritize our building needs."

According to Knight, "We need to move forward with the repair of our schools and we need experienced School Committee leadership to get all possible and available funding from both the state of Rhode Island and the federal government.

As a former lobbyist for the R.I. Brotherhood of Correctional Officers, "I have the experience and institutional knowledge to speak to our legislature," he said.

Knight said he will work with Mayor Grebien and his team to combine services to save funds. He said he will also put forward a School Committee motion to ask the City Council to send the home rule charter's purchasing board language back to the General Assembly. This would allow all purchases to follow charter guidelines "as the voters decided years ago," said Knight.

As an elected official, he will lead the discussion on open and transparent operation of both the Pawtucket School Committee and Pawtucket School Department, said Knight.

"The public has a right to know how our school system operates," he said.

Knight said he has "proudly lived in Pawtucket for 59 years, and I firmly believe that elected public office is a sacred trust," said Knight. He is asking for the opportunity to serve Pawtucket and "you the residents. I ask for your support and your vote."