The fire alarm systems have been broken at Holliman Elementary and Norwood Elementary schools since Feb. 24, a situation parents, most teachers, most of the Warwick School Committee, and the City Council were just informed of today, and tomorrow Warwick Firefighters are taking over the first shift for janitors who’ve been assigned to “fire watch,” at the schools for the past month.
WARWICK, RI — Warwick Public Schools can now alert police and fire personnel to emergencies, simultaneously activating real-time video and radio surveillance of the buildings with the integrated services of Mutualink and Rave Mobile Safety, costing $39,738 annually.
WARWICK, RI — During Tuesday night’s School Committee meeting, Park Elementary teacher and parent Jonathan Lautieri referenced reports of a Toll Gate student who had threatened to shoot a fellow student, asking what steps the school department takes to ensure firearms are not brought into schools.
WARWICK, RI — The next step in the Warwick School Department’s school consolidation plan — moving the sixth graders into Warwick Veterans Jr. High and Winman Jr. High, converting them to middle schools — will cost $3 million, which Superintendent Phil Thornton plans to a ask for during Monday’s Warwick City Council meeting, as part of an $85 million bond request for building renovations.
Holding signs that read “Class size matters” and “Dr. Phil – Stop Wasting Tax Payer Money,” and “Contract Now,” the auditorium of Toll Gate High School was nearly full for the meeting of the Warwick School Committee held on Tuesday, Sept. 6. The high turnout was due to an item at the bottom of the meeting’s agenda – elementary school consolidation – as well as complaints by parents and teachers about the first week of school.
Construction upgrading Warwick Veterans Middle School and Pilgrim High School, in progress since June, continued Tuesday afternoon as Mayor Scott Avedisian, Superintendent Philip Thornton, and School Committee Chairwoman Bethany Furtado toured the buildings, inspecting the work that will prepare the new middle school and expand the high school to accommodate former Warwick Vets High Schoolers.
The State Labor Relations Board has ruled the School Committee must honor the expired Teachers Union contract until a new one is agreed on, which would limit the number of teachers laid off this year to 20, not the 65 the board has announced it will let go.
Mediation between the Warwick Teachers Union and the Warwick School Department has broken down, sending contract negotiations back to arbitration over what mediator attorney Vincent Ragosta says is a misunderstanding of a request for a 10 percent annual increase over three years.
If the School Committee and City Council each vote to release $5.2 million of $25 million in school improvement bonds voters approved in 2006, the City and School Department have agreed to share the cost of debt principal and interest fifty-fifty for the first year.