Central Falls Lands $10M Gates Grant to Upgrade Schools

Mar 5, 2013

Central Falls schools are in for a major facelift thanks to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Central Falls is one of 16 cities across the country to receive generous grants from the Microsoft mogul.

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made a $10 million grant to the Central Falls District-Charter Collaboration Compact. That’s a coalition of Central Falls public schools and five nearby charter schools.  The money will be used to upgrade and build schools. Central Falls superintendent Fran Gallo says the funds will be put to good use.

“Well the state of the schools are poor.  Leaky roofs. Rain coming in wherever and whenever,” says Gallo. “Sometimes it can gush from a window that’s closed. And sometimes it just comes right through the ceiling.”

Noah Wepman of the Gates Foundation says Central Falls is one of 16 cities receiving educational grants, “each of the 16 compact cities were [sic] chosen because of the bold leadership that was demonstrated by the superintendent and charter leaders to come together.” Wepman says most of the cities, like Central Falls, have large concentrations of minority, low income students. Flo Jonic, RIPR.

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