Warwick Public Schools, Rhode Island

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Warwick Public Schools
Warwick, Rhode Island
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District Profile
Superintendent:Richard D'Agostino
Enrollment:9,977 students
Graduation rate:79.7%[1]
Number of schools:24
Budget: $160.6 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Bethany A. Furtado
Board members:5
Term length:4
Warwick Public Schools is a school district in Rhode Island that served 9,977 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] This district is the third-largest school district by enrollment in the state of Rhode Island.

About the district

Warwick Public Schools is located in Kent County, Rhode Island
Warwick Public Schools is located in Kent 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.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Kent County (%) Rhode Island (%)
White 93.7 85.6
Black or African American 1.8 7.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.9
Asian 2.4 3.3
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 1.7 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 4.0 13.6

Warwick Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic vote Republican vote
2012 24,448 15,027
2008 25,802 16,541
2004 23,164 16,640
2000 23,948 12,741

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.[5]


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.[6]

School board

Warwick Public Schools are overseen by a five-member committee elected to four-year terms.[7]

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
Jennifer Ahearn At-Large 2012 2016
Karen Bachus At-Large 2012 2016

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.[8]

—Warwick Public Schools website, (2014), [9]


The table below displays the budget for Warwick Public Schools:[10]

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
2012-2013 $133,261,437 83.7% $2,212,605 1.4% $978,767 0.6% $0 0% $22,793,053 14.3% $159,245,862
2013-2014 $133,897,227.30 83.4% $2,330,280 1.5% $1,111,704 0.7% $0 0% $23,286,415.94 14.5% $160,625,627.24
Averages: $133,579,332.15 84% $2,271,442.5 1% $1,045,235.5 1% $0 0% $23,039,734.47 14% $159,935,744.62

Teacher Salaries

Warwick Public Schools employed 955 K-12 teachers during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] 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.[11]

Salary Structure
Step 2012-2013 2013-2014
1 $40,918 $41,532
2 $45,124 $45,801
3 $48,581 $49,310
4 $52,040 $52,821
5 $55,502 $56,335
6 $58,956 $59,840
7 $62,733 $63,674
8 $65,880 $66,868
9 $68,707 $69,738
10 $75,469 $76,601

Schools in Warwick


Warwick Public Schools served 9,977 students in 24 schools during the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district does not publicly maintain enrollment data on their website.

District schools

Warwick Public Schools operates 24 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Warwick Public Schools
Aldrich Junior High
Cedar Hill School
Drum Rock Early
Francis School
Gorton Junior High School
Greenwood School
Holden School
Holliman School
Hoxsie School
Lippitt School
Norwood School
Oakland Beach School
Park School
Pilgrim High School
Robertson School
Scott School
Sherman School
Toll Gate High School
Warwick Career and Tech Center
Warwick Neck School
Warwick Veterans High
Wickes School
Winman Junior High School
Wyman School

Academic performance

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:[12]

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

Contact information

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Warwick Public Schools
34 Warwick Lake Avenue
Warwick, Rhode Island, 02889

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