To the Editor:
Donna Travis is correct. It is time for those of us who knew and loved the Warwick School Department to stand up and speak out.
I remember Steve Merolla's father, Amedeo Merolla. He served on the School Committee from 1975 to 1982. During that time, Domenic DiLuglio was the superintendent. He was able to run the system with one assistant and three directors (a total of four on central administration) with four secretaries. At that time we had about twice the number of students that we have now.
Philip Thornton says that he needs a much larger central administrative staff. He says he needs one assistant superintendent, five directors and three coordinators (a total of 10) with a total of 10 secretaries.
To compare the two (using today's dollar values):
Don DiLugio needed to budget:
4 x $100,000 = $400,000
4 x $40,000 = $160,000
Philip Thornton says he needs to budget
10 x $100,000 = $1,000,000
10 x $40,000 = $140,000
Superintendent Thornton has budgeted more than a million dollars for himself and his fellow administrators.
Then he has the audacity to say that he cannot afford the Mentor program at a cost of $108,000.
As a former school psychologist, I can personally testify to the value of our mentors. I have seen many children who needed and benefited from their energy, wisdom and dedication.
Shame on you for being so unaware of the value of the mentor program.
Retired Warwick School Psychologist