Nicholas A. Ferri Middle School 10 Memorial Ave, Johnston, RI02919 Johnston's only middle school was built in 1960 and originally named Johnston Junior-Senior High School. The two-story,…More 38-room building hosted double sessions for junior and senior high school classes until 1968, when Johnston Senior High School opened across Atwood Avenue. The middle school is named in honor of Nicolas E. Ferri, a 24-year veteran of Johnston schools, including the middle school and Thornton Elementary School.
The construction for the first high school in Johnston since 1898 (when Olneyville was annexed to Providence) was…More approved in a bond referendum in March, 1966. In the intervening years, Johnston students were bussed to public schools in Providence or attended private schools outside of Johnston.
For a short time, nearby N.A Ferri Middle School held double sessions for high school students before the new building opened.
Within a year and a half of the referendum, the building began hosting high school classes. Construction on the school's athletic complex was completed in 1973.
Located at the intersection of Atwood Avenue and Cherry Hill Road, the current Johnston Police Department was…More completed in 1978. Chief Richard S. Tamburini leads the 72-member department, whose history dates back to the first Town Meeting in 1759, when Johnston appointed Abraham Belknap to the post of Town Sergeant. The Department's history mirrors that of Johnston as a whole, as it has grown with the town's population over the years.
The current structure of the Police Department incudes the Investigative, Uniformed, Operations and Training, Traffic/Special Services, and Nightwatch Divisions. Among the community efforts conducted by the department are in-school Community Resource Officers at Johnston High School and Ferri Middle School; the Citizens Police Academy; self-defense classes; and the weekly Walk with Seniors.
The Johnston School Department includes a high school, middle school, four elementary schools and an early childhood…More center. According to the Rhode Island Department of Education, 3,100 students attend Johnston Schools.
Grades 1 through 5 are housed at the four elementary schools, with pre-K and Kindergarten centralized at the Early Childhood Center; grades 6, 7, and 8 at Ferri Middle School, and grades 9 through 12 at the high schools.
Superintendent Bernard DiLullo, a former assistant principal at Ferri and principal at Sara Dyer Barnes Elementary, was appointed to his current position in March 2010.