The next Warwick City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday February 6, 2017 starting at 5PM. The finance committee begins at 5PM and the public is allowed to ask questions pertaining to the various individual BIDS. As a taxpayer, if city spending concerns you, I highly advise you start attending the city council meetings when they begin at 5PM and ask questions. The borrowing of another 85 million dollars - something the city of Warwick taxpayers cannot afford-- is also on the money table to be used for school building repairs.
If you are interested to see what the student enrollment trends, graduation and high school drop out rates are in the city of Warwick, this RIDE app is very helpful. For example, under "select school", use the drop down to choose "Warwick Public Schools" to view new student enrollment by student race, gender, IEP & FRL (free reduced lunch).
After looking over the data for all of the schools over the past few days, in addition to reviewing the school Capital Projects list and budget that looks to burden Warwick taxpayers with millions more they can't afford.. the trending decline in elementary school student enrollment reveals more elementary schools should close in addition to Wickes and Holden, possibly 2-3 more.
We should not be borrowing anything to fix the Warwick school buildings. If schools had consolidated years ago as they should have, all of the savings could have been utilized for school rehab projects. More savings to fix our school buildings also could have come from the city side of the budget, if Warwick City leadership had its financial act together, which it doesn't.