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.
Johnston Childcare Center LLC 87 Putnam Pike, Johnston, RI02919 Johnston Childcare Center accepts children from infancy though kindergarten for its full-day program. The…More center also has a before and after school program for children ages 6-12. The school is licensed by both D.C.Y.F. and the Rhode Island Department of Education.
Brown Avenue School 14 Brown Ave, Johnston, RI02919 Originally built in 1934, Brown Avenue School was replaced with a two-room schoolhouse in 1942 and expanded with…More another four rooms in 1961. It is the only public school serving children in the western section of Johnston. The Rhode Island Department of Education reported that Brown Avenue third, fourth and fifth graders surpassed the state average in NECAP testing in six of seven categories in the 2009 - 2010 school year.