Rhode Island School Building Task Force

Following the release of the R.I. Department of Education's 2017 State of Rhode Island Schoolhouses report, which was the culmination of a year-long assessment commissioned by the School Building Authority and completed by Jacobs Engineering, Governor Raimondo signed an executive order creating the Rhode Island School Building Task Force.

The Task Force, which is co-chaired by Treasurer Magaziner and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Ken Wagner, will consider policy and financial models focused on how to meet the needs outlined in the Schoolhouses report.  The Task Force will report its recommendations, which will include potential funding streams and recommendations on how to effectively maximize resources, to the Governor by December 2017.

Other members of the Task Force include:

  • DOA Director Michael DiBiase, School Building Authority Advisory Board
  • Chairwoman Hanna Gallo, on behalf of the Senate
  • Chairman Marvin Abney, on behalf of the House of Representatives
  • Jamestown Town Administrator Andy Nota, on behalf of the League of Cities and Towns
  • Joseph Dewhirst, Chairman, Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation
  • Michael Sabitoni, President, RI Building and Construction Trades Council and Business Manager, Laborers Local 271
  • Frank Flynn, President, Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and Health Professionals
  • Larry Purtill, President, National Education Association of Rhode Island and Member, Council of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Kinzel Thomas, Providence School Board, on behalf of the RI Association of School Committees
  • Barry Ricci, Chariho Superintendent, on behalf of the RI Superintendent's Association
  • Patricia Flanagan, M.D., Pediatrician-in-Chief at Hasbro Children's Hospital and professor of pediatrics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Neil Steinberg, Rhode Island Foundation President
  • John Hazen White, Jr., Chairman and Owner, Taco Comfort Solutions
  • Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
  • David Cournoyer, Director of Facilities and Transportation, Johnston Public Schools
  • Jhonny Leyva, President of Heroica Construction

Information on meeting dates, agendas, and presentations are below. Additional information on the Task Force can be found here.


Task Force: Meeting Dates / Agendas / Handouts & Presentations

September 29, 2017

Summary of Principles and Goals
Rhode Island Department of Education PowerPoint Presentation
Jacob's Engineeering PowerPoint Presentation
Overcrowded Schools - Utilizations

Press Release: Rhode Island School Building Task Force to Address $2.2 Billion School Infrastructure Crisis

Upcoming Task Force Meeting Dates

Monday, October 23, 2017          
DOA Conference Room A, One Capitol Hill, Providence

Monday, October 30, 2017
DOA Conference Room A, One Capitol Hill, Providence

Tuesday, November 14, 2017     
DOA Conference Room B & C, One Capitol Hill, Providence

Monday, November 20, 2017
DOA Conference Room A, One Capitol Hill, Providence

Monday, November 27, 2017     
Location TBA

Public Forums

October 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.: Rogers High School (15 Wickham Rd, Newport, RI 02840). The meeting will also be streamed live on Facebook