- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island school district has cut its athletic programs as well as other after-school activities in an effort to balance its budget.

The cuts were approved Tuesday when the Warwick School Committee passed a $174 million budget.

David Testa, a committee member, called the cuts “devastating” and said an effort has to be made to restore funding for the programs.

Democratic Mayor Joseph Solomon told WPRO-AM he knows they can address this in a sensible way that keeps the programs in place for September.

Ella Centracchio, who will be a junior next fall, called the cuts “jarring.”

Superintendent Philip Thornton called the cuts “difficult” but pointed out that they included textbooks, teacher assistants and in other areas and come after closing buildings and reducing staff for years.

The district has nearly 20 schools.

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