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West Warwick plans to cut adult education

April 11, 2012

Adult education classes began last year at the high school. Times File Photo.

WEST WARWICK — Despite its best efforts, the West Warwick Adult Education program is closing its doors before the start of their third session.

Dr. Richard George, the director of adult and community education, explained in an interview that he made the recommendation to the Superintendent of Schools last week.

“In order to pay the instructors, it would have cost us much more than the [profit] from running the classes,” he said, explaining that the program was designed to be self-sustaining. “One of my goals was not to make a lot of money but to bring the community into the schools, increase their awareness and help them with training for their jobs.”

“That didn’t seem to work well in this community,” George added, comparing it to his eight years of experience heading up an adult education program in Attleboro, Mass. “We had upwards of 200 people per session [in Attleboro] which was very good for the community and profitable for the school district.”

Mentioning the current financial status of the schools and town of West Warwick, he added, “I believe we thought that the adult education could be a driving force to help with financial issues.”

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