Community meetings to address Providence school closures

Providence, RI – Providence residents will have the chance to weigh in tonight (Tuesday) on the proposed closures of four city schools. WRNI's Flo Jonic has a preview.

A 6 p.m. hearing at the Juanita Sanchez Educational complex in South Providence will give city residents their first chance to offer feedback on the proposed closures of four city schools. The closures are aimed at saving the cash-strapped city $12 million, which includes the salaries and benefits of 40 to 70 teachers.

The schools targeted for closure are Flynn Elementary, Windmill Street Elementary, Messer Elementary and Messer Annex, which educates kindergartners and first graders.

People who can't make tonight's hearing will have ample opportunity to make their feelings known. A second hearing will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Classical High School, and a third will be held Thursday evening at Veazie Street Elementary.

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