The mission of the Warwick Public Schools, working cooperatively with families and the community, is to provide challenging learning environments that enable all students to develop skills and knowledge necessary to become self-directed, life-long learners, highly productive responsible citizens, and contributors to a technological and diverse society.
(Warwick Public Schools Mission Statement, 2001-)
Superintendent, Philip D. Thornton, Ed.D.
Chromebook Initiative Update for grade 6, 7 & 8 students
From the desk of Philip Thornton
With the first days of school approaching, I want to welcome you to the start of a new school year and update you on some items you may have missed.
The facilities department, along with help from the city’s public works department, and members of the Warwick Fire Department, along with countless others, worked tirelessly this summer to help get Toll Gate, Pilgrim, Vets, and Winman ready. The work includes repurposed lockers, new flooring, new heating and ventilation, roofing, facades, new paint, electrical wiring, security cameras, new phone systems, and updated wifi and computer labs. The work is on time, on budget, and scheduled to be completed days before we open the doors for the start of the school year.
Teacher Contract Update
The School Committee and my office continue to negotiate in good faith with the Warwick Teachers Union and remain optimistic that both sides can reach an agreement soon. Recently, a Superior Court Judge ruled that our consolidation plan can continue concurrent to our contract negotiations. The decision allows us to operate in the best interests of the students, residents, and taxpayers of Warwick.
We held our first Chromebook Carnival this past Saturday. You may have seen stories about it in the Beacon and on TV. It was a great success as we handed out Chromebooks to 736 sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Another distribution will be held, Thursday, August 25th, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Greene, 51 Draper Ave. for those who were unable to attend.
Through attrition, retirements, and unexpected departures that created position openings, we have reduced the number of layoffs from more than 60 earlier this summer to 26. We continue to offer support for those impacted by school closings and consolidation through this stressful process.
Through attrition, retirements, and unexpected departures that created position openings, we have reduced the number of layoffs from more than 60 earliers this summer to 26. We continue to offer support for those impacted by school closings and consolidation through this stressful process.