Warwick School Committee OKs $4M budget plan for sports, other things


WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The Warwick School Committee voted Tuesday night to approve a $4 million budget resolution plan that would fund several school priorities including sports.

The resolution now heads back to the City Council for final approval. The council gave initial approval during a lengthy session Monday night. Initially, the city council offered a plan only offering money for sports, until councilman Sinapi introduced an amended resolution, that expanded the plan. 

“They said, if you agree to this, then we will appropriate the money for items 1-17, that would include the 1.3 million for sports,” School committee chairmen Karen Bachus explained. 

The chairwoman says she is happy with the new budget plan that was approved by both the city council and school committee. 

“So we absolutely agreed that we would put sports back in but we couldn’t do that without having the funding for the academics,” said Bachus.

A council member says Warwick Mayor Joseph Solomon has to approve it.

“I’d like to see the details then examine the resources and make sure that whatever is being promised is able to be fulfilled, based on the resources available—both on the school side, the city side, and the utilization of those resources,” Solomon said Tuesday. “That’s the responsible thing and the due diligence that I’ve been elected to do.”

Tensions rose last month after widespread cuts were announced, which included sports and other after-school activities.

Council President Steve Merolla says the city and school committee will stay in mediation until an agreement is reached.

The goal is to get everything settled by August 1, so plans can get rolling for sports and other programs.

Eyewitness News will have more details and reaction from tonight’s meeting at 10 on Fox Providence and 11 on WPRI 12.

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