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GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE, center, helps with local state education and business officials cut the ribbon on the new Woonsocket Education Center. / COURTESY R.I. OFFICE OF GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE

New Woonsocket Education Center officially opens

WOONSOCKET – State-elected and education officials on Tuesday formally cut the ribbon on the new Woonsocket Education Center that has officially opened at 115...
THE TOWN OF JOHNSTON has been issued an $85 million bond from the R.I. Health and Educational Building Corp. to be used to finance the town’s first phase of its district-wide school facility improvement plan. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Johnston receives $85M bond to begin school improvements

JOHNSTON – The town has been issued an $85 million bond that will be used to finance the first phase of its districtwide school...
BARBARA S. COTTAM will step down on Oct. 6 from her role as chairperson of the R.I. Board of Education to take on a new role with the U.S. Department of Commerce. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

R.I. education board chairperson to step down, takes new role with...

PROVIDENCE – The state’s education board chairperson will soon be heading to the nation’s capital to work with Rhode Island’s former governor. In a Sept....

Catalano Construction’s school projects brings company to head of the class

PBN Fastest Growing Companies 2022 4. $5 MILLION to $25 MILLION: Catalano Construction Inc. CEO (or equivalent): Jason Catalano, president 2021 revenue: $12 million 2019 revenue: $9.5 million Revenue growth:...
BARRINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL has received a $1.5 million energy bonus from the R.I. Department of Education. / COURTESY BARRINGTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Barrington Middle School receives $1.5M state energy bonus

BARRINGTON – The town’s middle school is the recipient of a $1.5 million energy bonus from the R.I. Department of Education as being an...
CRAMPED CLASSROOM: Thornton Elementary School Principal Louise Denham sits in one of the school’s cramped classrooms. The building is more than 100 years old and is part of a plan to consolidate all four elementary schools in Johnston using a voter-approved $215 million school construction bond. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A financial remedy for R.I.’s aging schools

When Johnston Mayor Joseph M. Polisena visits the town’s high school, it’s a bit like taking a step into the past – and not...
DIFFICULT DECISION: Yifei “Jerry” Hu has made the tough choice to remain in the U.S. and continue studying cognitive science at Brown University rather than return home to China, where strict COVID-19 policies and lockdowns are still in effect.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

On some campuses, Chinese students are fewer

When Yifei “Jerry” Hu arrived at Brown University last year, he knew he wasn’t going to return home – at least not for a...
CLOSE TO 90 Rhode Island-based high school students received more than $470,000 in scholarships from the Rhode Island Foundation's new Robert G. and Joyce Andrew College Scholarship Fund. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation’s Andrew College Fund awards $470K to close to 90...

PROVIDENCE – Close to 90 students received more than $470,000 in financial aid in order to attend college via the Rhode Island Foundation’s new Robert...
SISTER MARYBETH BERETTA will leave as St. Mary Academy - Bay View's president after the 2022-23 academic year. / COURTESY ST. MARY ACADEMY - BAY VIEW

Beretta to leave as St. Mary Academy – Bay View’s president...

EAST PROVIDENCE – St. Mary Academy – Bay View will have a new president come the fall 2023. The all-girls private school announced Tuesday that...

Violence against teachers a problem

Ten percent. That’s the portion of K-12 teachers in the United States who say they’ve been physically attacked by a student, a new survey...
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