- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A study shows public schools in Rhode Island need nearly $628 million worth of repairs just to ensure that students and teachers are warm, safe and dry in their classrooms.

The independent report commissioned by the state Department of Education’s School Building Authority released Wednesday estimated the cost for schools to meet “aspirational” conditions is $2.2 billion.

The report found that if the state doesn’t deal with thousands of deficiencies- such as broken fire-suppression systems or roofs that need fixing -identified in the 306 public school campuses analyzed by the consultants it would cost a total of $3 billion in five years to fix the schools.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday created a task force that will develop a plan to pay for school repairs.

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