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Citizens voice outrage over school cuts Monday night

June 6, 2012

The West Warwick High School band has won several awards and has produced its fair share of outstanding musicians, but because of cuts to all extracurricular activities in the West Warwick school system, the band will be no more. File Photo.

WEST WARWICK -- More than 100 parents, teachers, coaches and students joined together Monday night in the high school auditorium to express their disbelief about the elimination of all sports and extra-curricular activities.

On the panel sat Assistant Athletic Director Greg Kortick, Musical Arts Director Richard Marchetti, Band Director at the high school Metro Narcisi, Director of Technology Jim Monti, parent and volunteer Tammy Damico, parent Deb Clemente, parent and band volunteer Pamela Wolfe and alumni and parent Chris Messier.

The forum was held to help parents and students understand what will be affected by the cuts and to give citizens the opportunity to voice their concerns.

Kortick explained that the various sports, after-school programs, after-school busing and employees have been eliminated because of the five percent cut to the 2013 school budget.

He said that the Athletic Department for the school district informed the Rhode Island Interscholastic League that currently West Warwick no longer offers sports.

“They have informed us that they will keep us on their schedules until July 1,” he told the audience. “As of July 1, they will have to remove all West Warwick sports from the interscholastic schedules.”

Marchetti explained that although he will remain as the chorus teacher at the high school, part of his job has been stripped away.

“Part of my job is performance based,” he said. “Part of my job is taking my kids and teaching them the music and performing for our public. I will not longer be the choral director, I’ll be a voice teacher.”

Narcisi explained that restoring the five percent cut of $1.4 million will save all the programs that were eliminated during the second round of cuts.

He said that as of May 30, he is no longer the band director at the high school. He said he will be an instrumental teacher.

He said that because of the cuts there will no longer be plays, chorus, or bands at the Veterans Day events.

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