WEST WARWICK — After trimming the budget $1.8 million in February, the West Warwick School Committee approved, 5-0, additional cuts at Tuesday night’s meeting affecting all after-school programs and sports.
Approximately 60 people, many sporting Council 94 T-shirts, gathered in the high school auditorium to listen to the additional $1.7 million in proposed cuts.
Council 94 includes all non-certified teachers such as custodians, maintenance and teacher’s assistants.
Superintendent Ken Sheehan explained that on top of the $3.5 million in overall cuts, the School Department was informed by the state that they can expect a reduction of approximately $430,000 in Title I funding for fiscal year 2013.
This will eliminate the programs and personnel under Title I funding at Horgan Elementary School and Wakefield Hills Elementary School.
School Committee Chairman Jim Williamson explained that by law the School Committee has to present a balanced budget five days after the town financial meeting.
“We had a favorable ruling in court recently but the town is appealing that,” he said. “So we’re in a catch 22. The cuts being proposed here tonight are in response to that.”
Sheehan explained to the crowd that the $1.7 million in cuts being proposed include all of the following: interscholastic sports at the high school ($386,100), athletics at Deering Middle School ($50,200), the production center ($119,000), text books ($70,000), equipment ($50,000), transportation ($100,000), three part-time custodians ($50,000), one high school custodian ($75,000), one middle school custodian ($75,000), supervisory aid at middle and high school ($55,000 each), maintenance projects ($20,000), water usage ($20,000), two bus monitors ($18,000), no overtime for clerical/technicians ($30,000), 50 percent of student advisors (savings of $25,000), Deering Middle School tutorial program ($60,000), technology ($20,000), special education tuition ($200,000) and life insurance ($200,000).
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