Eighty-three teachers called out sick Thursday, the day after Superintendent Phil Thornton sent parents an email alerting them to rumors of a district-wide “sick out,” an appropriate move, he said, to apprise parents of the potential for a disrupted school day.
The Warwick School Committee voted 5-1 to approve the Consolidation Committee’s consolidation plan for Warwick elementary schools, but delay it a year as recommended by the panel and Mayor Scott Avedisian, over the protest of parents and teachers.
Following the urging of parents and some School Committee candidates calling for a delay on the consolidation of Warwick’s elementary schools, the Consolidation Committee is proposing that the School Committee approve a plan for the buildings, but delay implementing it for a year.
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.
David Testa, 53, of Narragansett Parkway, a Warwick citizen since 1992 and category manager for Gordon Food Service, has kids in Warwick Schools, IEP experience, and 15 years of careful study of the district behind his bid for one of two contested seats on the Warwick School Committee Nov. 8.
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.
City Council unanimously voted to release $5.1 million of $25 million in school improvement bonds voters approved in 2006, with the School Department’s promise to pay half the interest, about $180,000.
Warwick Post’s first full year of reporting on the city was a momentous one, with historic developments, disasters natural and man-made, a local politician vying for the nation’s highest office, a local man arrested for his involvement in a terrorist plot, the developing renewal of Apponaug Village, and a fight over public records between two elected bodies neither wants to give to the public.