West Warwick Next in Line
The school committee in West Warwick appears mainly to be doing the bare minimum to support a Caruolo suit for more money from the town, but it may be headed down the road behind East Providence soon:
The performance audit, commissioned by the town as a part of the Caruolo lawsuit proceedings from the last fiscal year, found that most substantial savings — $14.67 million — in the School Department budget would require concessions from the teachers union or waivers from state and federal mandates.
“These are recommendations for the future and going forward,” said consultant Salvatore Augeri. “They could cut some supplies for a couple thousand, but we’re not talking millions right now.”
But $3.5 million is what the School Department says it needs to finish the remainder of this budget year. Last month, the committee sent the town a letter requesting an additional $3.5 million in operating funds and school officials have authorized their lawyer to file a lawsuit seeking the additional money once all other avenues are exhausted.
Is “the future and going forward” anything like “infinity and beyond”? It seems to me that the school committee has to stop toying around. It isn’t enough to publish a list possibilities like “eliminating 16 teachers by requiring the maximum number of students allowed in each class by contract, and cutting 23 other positions that are not required by the state.” The committee ought to be bringing that to the teachers’ union and explaining that it will happen in the absence of deep concessions.