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-)
Interim Superintendent, William Holland, Ed.D.
The Warwick School Committee has hired Philip D. Thornton as the district’s new Superintendent.
“We are thrilled to have Philip Thornton as the dynamic new leader for Warwick,” said Jennifer Ahearn, chair of the School Committee, “He is an experienced and skilled educator who will take this district to new heights and help give our children the type of education we all want them to receive.”
Thornton is currently Superintendent for the Cumberland School Department. He is working out his transition with Cumberland and will start in Warwick October 19th. “I can’t wait to get started in Warwick,” Thornton said, “I had the opportunity to tour several schools in the district and meet students, teachers and administrators. I am very impressed by what I saw. The opportunity and potential is enormous in Warwick. I am honored to lead this district.”
Thornton’s career includes four years of experience as Superintendent in Cumberland, and a previous stint as Superintendent in North Kingstown. Before that, he spent many years as a history teacher and a school administrator.More details on Warwick’s new Superintendent
From the Desk of the Superintendent
William Holland, Ed.D.
Welcome to the new school year, which we hope will be one of great opportunity and growth for Warwick schools.
I joined Warwick as interim superintendent this summer believing that the district had tremendous potential and what I have seen since then has confirmed that.
In my career—as a teacher, a superintendent in five school districts, as Rhode Island’s Commissioner of Higher education, as professor of educational leadership at Rhode Island College—I have found that there is no single formula for an outstanding school district. The characteristics and circumstances of a district and the overall times, in terms of matters such as economic conditions and technology, play a huge role.
Yet there are common attributes for the most superior school districts, the kind that Warwick aspires to be. They include:
Parents who want their children’s education to succeed and fully support their children and the district as a whole.
Teachers who are driven to keep improving their skills, who encourage their students to aim high, and who are committed to showing respect for their students and building strong relationships with them.
Other district staff who share a sense of common purpose and desire.
Elected officials and others in the community who believe deeply in the importance of high quality education and are willing to contribute to its development.
Warwick is fortunate to have much of this already in place. Like in other districts, there remains room for improvement, including through greater cooperation.
This is an important year for Warwick schools and we will approach it with vigor, clarity, and honesty. There will be exciting new initiatives in the classroom, such as the expanding use of Chromebooks to give our students the most up-to-date tools for learning. Planning is already well underway for the crucial task of planning for next year’s school opening with a new line-up of schools that is an opportunity to make the district even stronger and better.
Great change is possible here in Warwick. We look forward to the involvement of many in the process.
In my career, I have seen many extraordinary teachers, students, and parents, and have seen how enormous their impact can be. I look forward to working with you here in Warwick.