Budget Leaves School Construction in the Lurch

Jun 11, 2014

The budget scheduled for a vote Thursday in the House would extend a moratorium on school construction reimbursements from the state.

If it passes the General Assembly, the spending plan will leave school districts waiting for a third year to embark on major construction projects.

Many school officials had expected the moratorium to lift this year, and Tim Duffy, director of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees, told RIPR's John Bender that districts have already begun planning for new buildings and building improvements.

A study from the State Department of Education estimates there is a need for $1.8 billion to upgrade and renovate school facilities around the state.