City of Providence

Resolution
6292

H-5434 State Aid for School Construction and Maintenance

Information

Department:City CouncilSponsors:Councilman Samuel D. Zurier, Councilman Ward 3 Kevin Jackson, Councilman Bryan Principe, Councilwoman Carmen Castillo, Councilman John J. Igliozzi, Councilman Seth Yurdin, Councilman Terrence M. Hassett, Councilman Wilbur W. Jennings
Category:*Resolution

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. House Bill 2015 H-5434
  3. 2015-241

Item Discussion

Resolution Endorsing and Urging Passage by the General Assembly of House Bill 2015 H-5434, An

Act Relating to Towns and Cities - Health and Educational Building Corporation.

Document Comments

WHEREAS, After public safety, public education is the most important program provided by municipal government; and

WHEREAS, Public education is critical not only to the futures of the children who attend our public schools, but also to the economic success of the City and State as a whole; and

WHEREAS, A major factor affecting the quality of public education our children receive is the maintenance of facilities that support the educational mission; and

WHEREAS, Providence has an inventory of aging school buildings that in many cases do not support the educational mission but, instead, detract from it; and

WHEREAS, When children are educated in decrepit facilities, they conclude that the community does not value them or their education; and

WHEREAS, Providence’s school facilities program depends critically upon State aid, due to the City’s limited tax base relative to the size of its public education student body, and

WHEREAS, The current State aid program for educational facilities is limited by a variable State appropriation process, which has included a moratorium on major projects for the past six years; and

WHEREAS, House Bill 2015 H-5434 proposes the introduction of a school building authority that will follow procedures similar to those currently operating successfully in Massachusetts, and will create a set annual funding stream that will support a robust State-wide school facilities aid program, and

WHEREAS, A systematic school building construction program will boost the local economy and the State economy by providing well-paying jobs and training opportunities.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Providence City Council hereby declares its support for the passage of House Bill 2015 H-5434 and urges the General Assembly to vote to vote in favor of its passage.

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WHEREAS, After public safety, public education is the most important program provided by municipal government; and

WHEREAS, Public education is critical not only to the futures of the children who attend our public schools, but also to the economic success of the City and State as a whole; and

WHEREAS, A major factor affecting the quality of public education our children receive is the maintenance of facilities that support the educational mission; and

WHEREAS, Providence has an inventory of aging school buildings that in many cases do not support the educational mission but, instead, detract from it; and

WHEREAS, When children are educated in decrepit facilities, they conclude that the community does not value them or their education; and

WHEREAS, Providence’s school facilities program depends critically upon State aid, due to the City’s limited tax base relative to the size of its public education student body, and

WHEREAS, The current State aid program for educational facilities is limited by a variable State appropriation process, which has included a moratorium on major projects for the past six years; and

WHEREAS, House Bill 2015 H-5434 proposes the introduction of a school building authority that will follow procedures similar to those currently operating successfully in Massachusetts, and will create a set annual funding stream that will support a robust State-wide school facilities aid program, and

WHEREAS, A systematic school building construction program will boost the local economy and the State economy by providing well-paying jobs and training opportunities.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Providence City Council hereby declares its support for the passage of House Bill 2015 H-5434 and urges the General Assembly to vote to vote in favor of its passage.

 

Meeting History

Mar 5, 2015 7:00 PM Audio/Video City Council Regular Council Meeting
draft Draft

COUNCIL PRESIDENT APONTE Refers the Resolution to the Special Committee on State Legislative Affairs.

RESULT:REFERRED
Apr 6, 2015 6:00 PM Audio/Video State Legislative Affairs Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:John J. Igliozzi, Councilman Ward 7
SECONDER:Sabina Matos, Councilwoman Ward 15
AYES:Luis A. Aponte, John J. Igliozzi, Sabina Matos, Seth Yurdin
ABSENT:Terrence M. Hassett
Apr 16, 2015 7:00 PM Audio/Video City Council Regular Council Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:PASSED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Kevin Jackson, Councilman
SECONDER:Michael J. Correia, Councilman
AYES:Luis A. Aponte, Carmen Castillo, Michael J. Correia, Mary Kay Harris, Terrence M. Hassett, John J. Igliozzi, Kevin Jackson, Wilbur W. Jennings, Sabina Matos, Nicholas J. Narducci, Bryan Principe, Jo-Ann Ryan, Seth Yurdin, Samuel D. Zurier
ABSENT:David Salvatore