NEWPORT: THANKS FOR VOTING YES!

A resounding 78.3% of Newport voters agreed to fund safer schools in 2020.
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More than ever, our communities are doing the work to keep our children safe. At home. In the community. And eventually – at school.

But right now, the very buildings where our children are supposed to learn, thrive, and be safe are falling apart. Corrosion, collapsing infrastructure, leaking roofs, contamination, infestation, and trailers are just some of the conditions confronting Rhode Island K through 12 students, on top of everything else.

Newport cares about all of our children, and their safety. That’s why we’re coming together to say it’s time to ensure safe schools.

Join us in voting YES this Fall on our Newport safe schools initiative on November 3.

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In Newport, our safe schools initiative will be on the ballot as Question 2.

Here's the language exactly as it will appear on your ballot this November 3:

2. ADDITION TO PELL ELEMENTARY AND CONSTRUCTION OF HIGH SCHOOL $106,500,000 BONDS AND NOTES
(Local Acts 58 and 82 – Acts and Resolves of 2020)

Shall an act passed at the 2020 session of the General Assembly entitled “An act authorizing the City of Newport to issue not to exceed $106,500,000 general obligation bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness to finance all costs relating to the construction, renovation, improvement, alteration, repair, landscaping, furnishing and equipping of: (I) an addition to the Claiborne Pell Elementary School, including, but not limited to, classrooms and associated support space site improvements, and parking and (II) a new school facility for the William S. Rogers High School, provided that the authorization shall be reduced by the amount of certain grants received from state bond proceeds, from the Rhode Island Department of Education or from the Rhode Island School Building Authority” be approved?

Voting to approve means saying “yes” to releasing the funds that would allow us to fix our public school buildings in Newport. 

A safe and supportive learning environment? Some public schools in Rhode Island are falling apart.

The state of Rogers High School is a scandal. I am incredulous that we even have to argue about this. This is for the kids.

Parent

We shouldn’t have to walk around bins full of disgusting yellow water...In the bathroom the sink water looks like pee. You can see the cracks in the windows.

Student

Eight. That is how many buckets I had to leave in my classroom all year. I had to be resourceful if I wanted to keep teaching while it rained.

High School Teacher

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