Warwick school consolidation meeting cancelled

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A special school committee hearing to discuss the potential consolidation of Warwick schools has been cancelled.

According to Eugene Nadeau, vice chairman of the school committee, the meeting scheduled for Tuesday was cancelled.

The district is considering several options, after a recent report found that more than one-third of the city’s class space is sitting unused.

Edward Frenette, senior vice president at Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, the consulting firm hired to study the consolidation plans, said the city’s schools aren’t even close to capacity.

The district consists of 16 elementary schools, three junior high schools, three senior high schools, a career and technical center  and an early childhood center — and the city’s high schools are the most vacant of all.

“It was something like 47%,” Frenette said. “This is something that has been brewing for an awful long time. And it’s something that touches a lot of residents,” Frenette said.

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