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School Committee Considers Contracts Tuesday

[CREDIT: Warwick School Department] The Warwick School Committee reviewed Superintendent Phil Thornton's FY21 school budget request April 21, 2020.

[CREDIT: Warwick School Department] The Warwick School Committee reviewed Superintendent Phil Thornton's FY21 school budget request April 21, 2020.
[CREDIT: Warwick School Department] The Warwick School Committee reviewed Superintendent Phil Thornton’s FY21 school budget request April 21, 2020.
WARWICK, RI — The Warwick School Committee meets remotely via Zoom conference at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, to discuss contracts including $10,000 for sanitary wipes and $4,896 for face masks.

The agenda for the meeting, which the public may view online at YouTube, begins with public comment, which the public can participate in by emailing comments to publiccomment@warwickschools.org​ by noon the day of the meeting. Comments submitted after that time may not be included in time for the meeting, according to the agenda.

This is the fourth meeting held remotely since Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s executive order relaxing the restrictions on online meetings to allow public bodies to conduct municipal business under social distancing rules, orders and medical guidance.

Additional contracts to be considered tonight include:

  • Discussion/Action: Contract Award-Maintenance, HVAC Repairs at Toll Gate
  • Discussion/Action: Contract Award-Grants, Art Therapy Consultant
  • Discussion/Action: Contract Award-Heating & Diesel Fuel Lock-In Fy2021
  • Discussion/Action: Adoption of Superintendent’s Recommended Fy2021 Budget
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The Committee may also adopt Superintendent Phil Thornton’s FY21 school budget.

Thornton’s recommended $181,438,668 Fy21 Warwick school budget is a 6.5 percent increase over the previous year.

On April 21, Warwick Schools Finance Director Anthony Ferrucci advised against asking the city for the full amount, acknowledging the financial straights the city will be in due to a freeze on most commerce to limit spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Also, an updated Warwick Teachers Union teacher contract, which expires on Aug. 31, has not been ratified.

“The Superintendent’s Budget does not include either a proposed cost savings or a proposed cost increase other than contract continuation costs,” Ferrucci said at the time. “When negotiations are concluded and an economic impact statement is prepared, those identified cost savings or cost increases will need to be dealt with as a budget adjustment or revision.”

Links to a full list of meeting documents are included below:

01 Contract Award-Maintenance, Face Mask Supplies

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02 Contract Award-Maintenance, Santizing Supplies

03 Contract Award-Maintenance, HVAC Repairs at Toll Gate HS

04 Contract Award-GRANTS, Art Therapy Consultant 00 Agenda-April 28, 2020

00 Agenda-April 28, 2020

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