Announcement to come soon on Providence school closures

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence is slated to release a list of four to six schools in the next few days that may close down, as the city looks to solve its budget woes.

Providence shuttered two schools last year - Feinstein High School and Perry Middle School - saying the move would save $20 million over a five-year period. Part of the savings were expected to come from averted repairs and maintenance.

But Mayor Angel Taveras says so far the city has only realized $300,000 in actual savings. The 76 teachers who worked at the two schools are still on the payroll. Most are teaching in other schools and a few are being paid to work as substitutes.

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