West Warwick, R.I. (WPRI) - The West Warwick School Committee says it cannot afford to payteachers two of the bi-weekly paychecks they're owed thissummer.
That's because the school district is dealing with a $3.3million shortfall, with the fiscal year coming to an end next week. That money is needed to pay debts, and cover payrollover the summer.
The School Committee has filed a lawsuit against the town ofWest Warwick, seeking additional funding. But Town ManagerJim Thomas claims us the shortfall was caused by fiscalmismanagement.
"Eighty-six percent of the budget is salary and benefits, sothey need to better manage the resources they have," Thomas toldEyewitness News.
But School Committee Chairwoman Linda Palazzo says the districthas made all the cuts it can, without violating federal educationguidelines.
"We have federally mandated programs and it we don't honorcontract regulation and the law, the fines that are going to belevied will be so great."
Teachers will receive their paychecks this week.
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