June 17th, 2014
North Providence considers 'naming rights' for school money
By JESSICA BOISCLAIR
NORTH PROVIDENCE - In an attempt to acquire more money for the North Providence school district, School Committee members say they’re thinking about selling naming rights for athletic fields, classrooms and even the schools themselves. It’s a plan, some suggest, that could be worth millions of dollars.
This idea surfaced about eight months ago when School Committee member Steven Palmieri suggested creating a committee to research ways to receive money through naming rights. “Steven Andreozzi was running for office at the same time and he came up with the same idea so we put the ideas together that we should be tapping into this market,” he said. “We can’t keep going to the taxpayer for money.” The idea languished until committee members Palmieri and Andreozzi tried again during the May School Committee meeting.