Why didn't the Warwick School Administration share that Vets was having sewerage backup issues for weeks with anyone in City admin while they were requesting an additional $4 million in taxpayer bond funding last week for school building repairs?
Something -other than Mr. Hankey- stinks...
Posted on the Facebook page of Councilman Ed Ladouceur, Ward 5, Warwick on Friday 3/24/2017:
"So when is enough, enough????
Everyday it's something with this school department. This morning I receive a text and a photo from a friend at Vets. It is showing sewerage on the floor of a class room. I called the Superintendent at 11 ish and he said "they were working on it." He told me the school was not connected to the sewers. ( I was told later that the rear of the school was not connected). The Superintendent told me they've had to pump the septic system twice in the last two weeks because of sewerage backups.
I was at the school today at 1:00 ish with Karen Bachus ( school committee member) and we visited the area. We were shown a PT area where the back up occurred today. There was still water on the floor. I told the person ( who was very professional and co operative) that the picture I had showed me a different location. It was, it was room G 101. This is an art classroom where the back up occurred two weeks ago. He told me they did the clean up and used the best disinfectants they know of. The same as they use in the hospitals. The floor is a vinyl tile floor. I asked if the Dept had the floor and general area tested by a professional to be sure there was no bacteria present. I was told no. Certainly this is a situation of " don't shoot the messenger".
The administration has not contacted a professional firm to certify that this public classroom was habitable for our students and teachers. They never considered that this crap got under the floor tiles. They didn't even notice that a drain under the book case in this classroom still had sewerage backup in it until I pointed it out today. I was appalled to hear that after the sewerage back up of two weeks ago, and after their clean up (which was not inspected by a professional) that the administration let the students continue to use this classroom.
I just saw an email where the Superintendent attempts to whitewash the issue and says:
" there was a little puddle in the floor". This is bacteria at its worse. Two back ups in two weeks. At least that is what they tell me. Forgive me if I have lost confidence. They never notified the Dept of Health. They never notified DEM. They did say they are going to pump every 5 days. Seriously???? At what cost?
I'm going to be very interested to hear what DEM has to say about this.
I want to laugh when I think about several years ago when the city was threatening the citizens and businesses to connect to the sewers or be fined and pay a connect capable fee. It was only after I formed the Warwick City Council Sewer Review Commission, with unanimous support of the City Council, that we learned that was not legal. But how is it the City never forced the school dept. to hook up to available sewers? I believe there are at least 4, possibly more schools, not connected.
I've said it before, I've said it recently and I'll say it again:
tear down Vets and build a new state of the art school. Quit playing games. Build state of the art schools, let's let our teachers do their jobs and educate our kids in state of the art buildings, not buildings where sewerage backs up and fire aleatory systems fail.
Let's listen to the realtors that call me screaming because they are struggling to sell homes in Warwick because the school system is out of control and the leadership doesn't know how to get it back on track.
When is enough, enough?????" ~Coucilman Ed Ladouceur
Opinion of Warwick Watch: If you want a brand new school complex, you have to be serious about cracking down on how the City is financially managed. Serious operational reform must take place on the City side of business. What's happening today in Warwick is the result of kicking the can down the road for far too many years. City leadership can't even balance a budget without shutting down a senior center! Does the City/Schools think we are going to keep borrowing and increasing taxes to keep putting along?
Good luck with that.