Warwick Public Schools, Rhode Island
|Warwick Public Schools|
|Warwick, Rhode Island|
|Number of schools:||24|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Bethany A. Furtado|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher Salaries
- 6 Schools in Warwick
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtKent County, Rhode Island. The county seat of Kent County is East Greenwich. Kent County is home to 165,035 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.
Kent County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Rhode Island in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Kent County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.8 percent for Rhode Island as a whole. The median household income in Kent County was $61,884 compared to $56,102 for the state of Rhode Island. The poverty rate in Kent County was 16.5 percent compared to 8.9 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
The superintendent of Warwick Public Schools is Richard D'Agostino. First named as acting superintendent in September 2012, the school committee named him as the permanent superintendent in February 2013 by a 4-1 vote. D'Agostino earned a bachelor's degree in political science and master's in guidance and special education from Providence College, and a doctorate from Boston University. He began his career in the district as a guidance counselor in 1982. He served as principal of Oakland Beach Elementary from 1990-2006, becoming director of special education for the district in 2006.
Warwick Public Schools are overseen by a five-member committee elected to four-year terms.
|Warwick Public Schools School Committee|
|Member||District||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|Eugene A. Nadeau||1||2010||2018|
|Marty T. Medeiros||2||2010||2018|
|Bethany A. Furtado||3||2006||2018|
School board elections
- See also: Warwick Public Schools elections (2014)
Members of the Warwick Public Schools school committee are elected to four-year terms. Elections are held every even year. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and two seats are up for election in 2016.
Public participation in board meetings
The Warwick Public Schools school committee maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings:
The purpose of all special and regular meetings of the Committee is to conduct the official business of the district. These meetings are held in public. The Committee invites residents, parents, and other interested parties of the community to attend its regular and special meetings and to fully understand its work.
The Committee is a statutorily constituted body engaged in the transaction of public business. The Committee acts in accordance with the authority and responsibility vested in it by law in behalf of citizens not present at the meeting as well as those who are present. The Committee may seek advice and suggestions, but it may never abdicate its own responsibility to make decisions except as provided in laws relating to referral to the electorate.
The chairperson of the Committee will be responsible for conducting the business of the meeting, for maintaining proper order, and for recognizing all speakers.
The Committee holds that it is reasonable and expected that the school district residents, parents and other interested parties will from time to time have matters to be brought to the attention of the Committee.
—Warwick Public Schools website, (2014), 
The table below displays the budget for Warwick Public Schools:
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Warwick Public Schools employed 955 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year. This chart details annual starting teacher salaries for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years according to the negotiated agreement between the Warwick School Committee and the Warwick Teachers' Union. Salaries may be increased due to longevity and additional educational advancements.
Schools in Warwick
Warwick Public Schools served 9,977 students in 24 schools during the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not publicly maintain enrollment data on their website.
Warwick Public Schools operates 24 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Warwick Public Schools|
|Aldrich Junior High|
|Cedar Hill School|
|Drum Rock Early|
|Gorton Junior High School|
|Oakland Beach School|
|Pilgrim High School|
|Toll Gate High School|
|Warwick Career and Tech Center|
|Warwick Neck School|
|Warwick Veterans High|
|Winman Junior High School|
New England Common Assessment Program
The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) is Rhode Island's standards-based assessment designed to provide a picture of student performance to schools, districts, educators, parents and the community. It is also used in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. NECAP assesses students in math and reading for grades 3 though 8 and 11, while grades 4, 8 and 11 are also tested in science, and grades 5, 8 and 11 take additional tests in writing.
The chart below details results for Warwick Public Schools during the 2013-2014 school year and compares them with statewide results:
|District NECAP scores|
|Grade/Category||Proficient District (%)||Proficient State (%)|
|3rd Grade Math||61||56|
|3rd Grade Reading||78||69|
|4th Grade Math||66||63|
|4th Grade Reading||79||70|
|4th Grade Science||41||41|
|5th Grade Math||66||61|
|5th Grade Reading||78||74|
|5th Grade Writing||71||64|
|6th Grade Math||66||59|
|6th Grade Reading||80||72|
|7th Grade Math||60||59|
|7th Grade Reading||69||69|
|8th Grade Math||61||57|
|8th Grade Reading||75||74|
|8th Grade Writing||55||56|
|8th Grade Science||21||30|
|11th Grade Math||33||35|
|11th Grade Reading||86||81|
|11th Grade Writing||71||66|
|11th Grade Science||20||30|
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- Warwick Public Schools elections (2014)
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- National Education Association Rhode Island
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- Providence Journal, "High school graduation rates in Rhode Island," November 26, 2013
- National Center for Education Statistics, "Warwick," accessed November 26, 2014 (timed out)
- United States Census Bureau, "Kent County, Rhode Island," accessed September 5, 2014
- Rhode Island State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 3, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Warwick Beacon, "D'Agostino now superintendent through July '14," February 21, 2013
- Warwick Public Schools, "WPS School Committee," accessed November 26, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Warwick Public Schools, "Public Participation at Committee Meetings," accessed November 26, 2014
- Warwick Public Schools, "FY 2013-2014 Budget," accessed December 10, 2013
- Warwick Public Schools, "Warwick Teachers Contract 2012–2014," accessed November 26, 2014
- Infoworks!, "Warwick District NECAP Assessments," accessed November 26, 2014