Tiverton weighs closing school, cutting jobs to address deficit

Click Here For Full Article.

by: Leah Crowley | Mar 15, 2024 | wpri.com

TIVERTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Tiverton may have one less school in the future, depending on how the town decides to handle a looming deficit.

In a school committee meeting on Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Peter Sanchioni presented two options to close the deficit. The first involves making extensive staffing cuts at every school, while the second is closing Fort Barton Elementary School.

According to a presentation given by Sanchioni during the meeting, the school’s deficit currently sits at $4,789,605. Sanchioni pointed to rising expenses and a $1,260,080 reduction in state aid as reasoning for the figure.

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) is tentatively scheduled to attend a meeting on April 1 to go more in-depth on why it is cutting the $1.2 million from Tiverton schools.

Article continues, click here.