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Warwick School consolidation proposal

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By Mike LaCrosse


Hundreds of people attended a Warwick School Committee Special Meeting Monday night.

Many of them are unhappy with the proposal to close Veterans Memorial High School.

"The school needs to stay open because we are just a whole big family we can't be broken up," said Arianna Parisi, student.

"I am a graduate.  I have six boys, all six boys are graduates of Vets," said Patty Gomm, parent.

"It's gonna be a big mistake because you are gonna create large classrooms, a large student body said Kenneth Genereux, teacher. 

The Long Term Facilities Planning Committee submitted it's five year proposal to the school committee during the special meeting.  It includes closing the Gorton and Aldrich Middle Schools along with Veterans High School.  The former high school will then be used as a second middle school.   Veterans students will attend the other two high schools in the city.  The move is designed to save the city money. 

"Our population is down over ten thousand students in the past 25 years.  We started at a high of 19,400, we're down to just 9,300 students," said School Committee Chair Bethany Furtado.  

She says something needs to be done to keep up with the changing times, but adds no final decision has been made yet.

"This won't be easy.  It's not something the district looks forward to, " said Furtado.

A second special school committee meeting will be held Tuesday at 6:30 at the Toll Gate High School.  This is another chance for the public to comment.  The committee is expected to made a decision on the proposal at it's December 10th meeting.

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