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Veterans Jr. High Classes Canceled Due to Teacher Absences

[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 Rd,
[CREDIT: File Photo] Warwick Veterans Jr. High School at 2401 W Shore Rd,
WARWICK, RI — Classes at Warwick Veterans Jr. High School have been canceled today for elevated teacher absences – 59 – as a dispute over a long-expired contract between teachers and the Warwick School Committee after a vote of no confidence in Superintendent Philip Thornton and School Committee Chair Bethany Furtado was announced by the Warwick Teachers Union Tuesday.

Members of the WTU showed up to Tuesday night’s School Committee Meeting to publicly deliver their no-confidence message.

“The number of faculty absences has risen to a level that we can not safely open the school. Due to this, we made the decision to cancel school at Vets,” Thornton wrote in a message to parents and teachers early Wednesday morning.

“The most important element of school is having the regular classroom teacher working with students each and every day.  A teacher ‘sick-out’ like the one we experienced Friday and again today hurts students and does nothing to bring the two sides closer together to resolve the contract,” he said.

On Friday, more than 75 teachers called out absent from Pilgrim High School, forcing the district to cancel classes before the long Columbus Day weekend.

Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at editor@warwickpost.com with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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