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Warwick parents, students, upset about school closing

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Reporting By Alexandra Cowley


A hot crowd…locked out of a meeting discussing the fate of their high school.

Students, parents, and teachers planned to be a part of Friday's meeting, but there wasn't enough room, so they made their voices heard from the hallway.

A special committee met to discuss the best cost-saving solution to the city's declining enrollment.

Two of Warwick's middle schools sit half empty, and data suggests enrollment will continue to fall off over the decade.

Richard D'Agostino, Superintendent of schools, says, "All the forecasts are telling us that were going to decline at the rate of one percent  per year for the next ten years."

So, the committee says close Vets High School and disperse its students to the city's other two high schools, Pilgrim and Toll Gate.

Then, it wants to close Warwick's two junior high schools and move those students into the Vets building.

"We can save our city 4.5 million dollars per year and have that money be reinvested into our school system."

But parents say there are other options than shuffling Vets High students out of their building. 

Parent Daren Vuz says, "they're making a serious injustice towards the students that are going to be greatly affected."

Shannon McCarthy, a Vets freshman, says, "I love vets I've learned to love it in the time I've been here and I just don't think its right losing it."

The special panel voted to send its recommendation to the school committee which will ultimately decide what to do.

If passed, it would go into effect for the next school year.

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