School Committeewoman Karen Bachus, 53, of Burt Street, an outspoken member of the board since 2012 who notably joined Warwick City Council efforts to disclose the publicly-paid Ragosta Report to the community, has lived in Warwick for the last 20 years, and hopes to serve another four years with the body.
Former Warwick Schools compliance officer and director of human resources Rosemary Healey, one of three Warwick Public School administrators whose actions are detailed in the Ragosta Report, has been awarded a WGBH Muzzle Award for her attempt to prevent stories about the public document by the Warwick Post and the Warwick Beacon.
Attorney Vincent Ragosta told the Warwick School Committee in May 2015 that three top Warwick Public School administrators dismissed accusations of sexual misconduct by science teacher Mario Atoyan in 2013 and rushed an investigation into the matter.
The Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has agreed to provide legal defense for the Warwick Post and Warwick Beacon if Attorney Jeffrey Sowa delivers on his threat of a lawsuit if the publications publish the Ragosta Report.
Attorney Jeffrey Sowa, representing former Warwick Schools compliance officer and director of human resources Rosemary Healey, has threatened the Warwick Post with a defamation lawsuit if it discloses the contents of the Ragosta Report, a public record the RI Attorney General ordered the School Department to release March 30.
The City of Warwick has denied Warwick Post’s public records request for the “Ragosta Report” on the handling of allegations of inappropriate conduct with students against Gorton Junior High School Science Teacher Mario Atoyan.
Warwick City Councillor Edward Ladouceur’s constituents have been talking about switching the Warwick School Committee from an elected to an appointed board, and he’d like to give the whole city a chance to weigh in on the question.