Despite Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien’s cheerful prognostications, the City of Pawtucket is suspending payments to School Construction Contractors, most notably the Baldwin School Project.

It is expected, based on background conversations, that Baldwin construction will cease immediately.

The Coalition has consistently maintained, given the behavior of the City, that the ability to support current authorized bonding is severely limited. Repairs to Shea High School, a facility operating under a formal warning from NEASC, for issues related to infrastructure, have been stalled for nearly a year. Roadblocks from Pawtucket City Hall consistently delayed the submission of the “Stage 2” Authorization to the Rhode Island Department of Education, delaying the need for bonding.

At the same time? The City of Pawtucket continued to spend valuable ARPA dollars:

The City recently authorized a $14.8 million dollar purchase of an office building to be used as a temporary? Permanent? replacement for City Hall, utilizing ARPA funds.
The City of Pawtucket authorized a $10 million dollar contribution for the construction of a the troubled Tidewater Soccer Stadium, utilizing ARPA funds.


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Critical School and City Finances Correspondence from City Finance Director 3-14-24 (1)


Additional Reporting:

Is Pawtucket Schools Chief Financial Officer Anthony Voccio Out? – Coalition Radio Network

Pawtucket Update-Part 1: A Rift Between Pawtucket Schools Newish CFO & Chairman Charbonneau? – Coalition Radio Network

Pawtucket Activist Fargnoli Files Open Meetings Act Violation Citing Illicit Dealings of Mayor Grebien’s Charter Review Commission – Coalition Radio Network

Pawtucket City Schools To Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien: Drop Dead – Coalition Radio Network

Why The Bonds Failed: A Pawtucket Story – Coalition Radio Network

Shea High School Safety Fears Explode! Pawtucket School Superintendent Throws Down the Gauntlet! – Coalition Radio Network

Grebien To Pawtucket School Committee: Where’s That Can I Can Kick Down The Road? – Coalition Radio Network

Is The Rhode Island Department of Education Blocking Critical Safety Repairs at Shea High School? Joanne Bonollo-Pawtucket School Board Speaks Out — Space Heaters/Electrical Issues: Pawtucket Shea High Crisis Continues! – Coalition Radio Network

Breaking! Pawtucket’s Shea High School Placed On Formal Warning By New England Association Of Schools & Colleges, Safety Issues Endanger Accredidation – Coalition Radio Network

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