School officials begin discussion on consolidation plan

WPRI 12 Eyewitness News

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI)- The city of Warwick began a series of discussions Tuesday night about a school consolidation proposal.

School officials say the city is losing four to six classrooms worth of students a year on average. Two years ago, the school committee delayed a vote that would have converted Warwick Veterans High School into a junior high school. The plan was slated to save the district roughly four and a half million dollars a year. The committee decided to hire an architectural and engineering firm to come up with alternate plans.

“They’re looking at all their information that is very appropriate and they will help us choose the appropriate decision for the district,” said Jennifer Ahearn, Warwick School Committee Chair.

The firm has already interviewed 107 faculty and staff, visited 26 facilities and is now soliciting input from the committee and the public.

“So we want to get a…

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