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Committee Cuts Keep Math Interventionists, Teacher Assistants, Mentors in $174.4M Budget

[CREDIT: File Photo] Warwick Veterans Jr. High School at 2401 W Shore Road.
[CREDIT: File Photo] Warwick Veterans Jr. High School at 2401 W Shore Road.
[CREDIT: File Photo] Warwick Veterans Jr. High School at 2401 W Shore Road.

WARWICK,RI — The Warwick School Committee cut several line items from SuperintendentPhilip Thornton’s FY20 budget Thursday night at Warwick Veterans Middle School,

making room to restore 6.5 mathinterventionists at $539,000, 10 teacher assistants at $500,000 and mentorfunding at $100,000.

The board cut about $1,139,000 altogether to keep thoseitems in Thornton’s budget proposal, resting at his originally proposed$174,433,413. While members expressed relief that they had saved the threeitems in the proposal, they were cognizant of a real possibility that the CityCouncil will tell them to cut still more.

Thornton’s budget requires the School Department to ask theCouncil for an additional $8.5 million. Last year, the Council balked at asimilar request, so the Committee’s cost cutting ambitions had been set muchhigher than cutting just enough to restore certain programs.

“We started this by saying that we needed to cut the budgetby $3 million or $4 million,” said Committee member David Testa.

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Cuts made to Thornton’s proposal included:

  • Elimination of raises for departmentheads and middle managers, totaling $178,257.
  • Health Service Providers (NEST), cut$19,300, reducing it to $125,000.
  • Pilgrim lockers removal, $2,500
  • Video surveillance, $90,000
  • Veterans Memorial Middle Schoolsoftball dugouts, $15,000
  • Tollgate locker room repairs,$150,000
  • Eliminate one of two footballscoreboard replacements, $18,000
  • Bus monitors and lunch assistants,$200,000
  • Reduce Chrome Book purchases,$56,000
  • Eliminate LCD projectors, $15,800