Citing dropping student enrollment, Warwick public school officials are recommending the closure of Veterans High School and two junior high schools, Gorton and Aldrich. If approved, the Providence Journal reports the plan would leave the district with two high schools and two middle schools.
Warwick Superintendent Richard D’Agostino says Warwick has seen student population fall from a peak of 19,500 in the late 1960s to just 9,300 students today. The numbers are expected to continue dropping by about 1 percent each year.
Because of the decline, D’Agostino says Warwick’s junior high school and high school buildings are now half-empty. He says the district could save more than $4 million by shuttering Gorton and Aldrich Junior High Schools.
An earlier plan to close down Gorton Junior High was put on hold last year amid an outcry from students and parents. Warwick, which until recently was the second largest school district in the state, has already closed 15 elementary schools.