To the Editor:
I attended the monthly School Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 12th. At this meeting, the Warwick School Committee in a 4-1 vote approved the extension of the contracts of the Superintendent, the Chief Finance Officer, the Chief Academic Officer, and the Executive Director of Human Resources for the next three years.
I find this move by the School Committee very alarming since there is no legitimate reason to extend the contracts of these administrators, including the Superintendent, for another three years; before their contracts are up again in 2019. It should also be noted that the School Committee doesn’t yet know what the effects of the elementary consolidation and the sixth-grade transition will be or how these administrators will perform if there are any contingencies. Also, the fact that the school department is facing fiscal difficulties from not getting the money they asked for from the city makes this move even more perplexing.
I believe the School Committee should have waited until after the 2018-2019 school year to pass, which is the first year after the elementary consolidation and sixth-grade transition; to even consider renewing these administrators’ contracts, which now could have a big impact on this school system and the city.
Candidate for Warwick School Committee District 3