Vets closed as more teachers call out sick

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Veterans Junior High School is closed today after 59 of 91 teachers called out sick. It is the second Warwick school to close in less than a week due to a high volume of teachers calling out sick, after Pilgrim High School was closed last Friday.

Superintendent Philip Thornton issued the following statement this morning:

"Veterans Junior High School is closed today, Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

The number of faculty absences has risen to a level that we can not safely open the school. Due to this, we made the decision to cancel school at Vets.

The most important element of school is having the regular classroom teacher working with students each and every day.  A teacher "sick-out" like the one we experienced Friday and again today hurts students and does nothing to bring the two sides closer together to resolve the contract."

The closing comes the morning after the most recent school committee meeting on Oct. 10, where the increasingly rising tensions and frustrations were readily apparant as teachers lined the hallways of Toll Gate High School and rained chants of "What do we want? Contract. When do we want it? Now!" as administrators filed into the auditorium.

Warwick Teachers' Union president Darlene Netcoh once again denied that the string of teachers calling out sick was a union-led initiative. 

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Justanidiot

where iz da trickspayer mayer? didn't he get erected to save us from dis? eyes hopes he is ok and hasn't fallen down a well or anyting

Wednesday, October 11
CrickeeRaven

Hi Justanidiot:

He's hiding in other comment boards where he can pander to state legislators: http://warwickonline.com/stories/reps-vella-wilkinson-shekarchi-treasurer-magaziner-to-hold-unclaimed-property-event-in-warwick,128341?#comments

Wednesday, October 11
Justanidiot

Thanks CrickeeRaven.

I was worried he might be sick.

Wednesday, October 11
richardcorrente

Dear Justanidiot,

I'm here old friend. Don't worry. I never hide in other comment boards. CrickeeRaven lied. CrickeeRaven uses a fake name because he/she is too much of a coward to let people know who he/she really is.

I was at the School Committee meeting last night. An hour before it, I confirmed that the Warwick Teachers Union is still willing to meet with the Warwick School Committee any day, any time, anywhere, to discuss anything relative to the teachers contract.

I also confirmed that the list of items that the Warwick School Committee is REFUSING to discuss is almost as long as the list of what they ARE willing to discuss.

That, my dear old friend, is the reason that 80,000 taxpayers, who are paying the tab, are overwhelmingly supporting the TEACHERS! The School Committee has NEVER agreed to have an open format. They have NEVER said they would talk about anything and everything, just the topics that benefit the Warwick School Committee. How's that working for them?

Happy Autumn Justanidiot.

Sorry for the late response.

Happy Autumn teachers.

Happy Autumn everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

P.S. And one more thing, CrickeeRaven, whoever you are. What I commented on, about Camille Vella-Wilkinson and the others was not pandering. It's called a complement, something you have never done in ANY of your comments.

Wednesday, October 11
CrickeeRaven

Let's see:

- Fevered dreams of his own self-importance: "An hour before it, I confirmed that the Warwick Teachers Union is still willing to meet with the Warwick School Committee any day, any time, anywhere, to discuss anything relative to the teachers contract."

- Paranoid accusations: "CrickeeRaven uses a fake name because he/she is too much of a coward to let people know who he/she really is."

- Oppositional refusal to correct blatant errors: "80,000 taxpayers"

- Narcissistic, fact-free statements: "I also confirmed that the list of items that the Warwick School Committee is REFUSING to discuss is almost as long as the list of what they ARE willing to discuss."

- Delusional self-identification: "The Taxpayers Mayor"

Actually, Justanidiot, your fears were correct: This guy's sick.

Wednesday, October 11
Thecaptain

The real unanswered question is -

Can the fake mayor confirm as to where his car was registered between 2013, 2014, 2015 ?

Owner Vehicle Year Make Model Plate Bill Bill Year

CORRENTE, RICHARD C 0 BANKRS 2918655 2009 View Bill

CORRENTE, RICHARD C 0 BANKRS 2018248 2010 View Bill

CORRENTE, RICHARD C 0 BANKRS 2118114 2011 View Bill

CORRENTE, RICHARD C 0 BANKRS 22029726 2012 View Bill

CORRENTE, RICHARD C 0 BANKRS 26035873 2016 View Bill

CORRENTE, RICHARD C 0 BANKRS 27036787 2017 View Bill

Question number 2 is -

Where is the payment for 1 PENNY as he quotes?

"I went to the tax collector to apologize and make amends for my unintentional mistake. I learned, at that time, that my "taxes in arrears" came to a whopping total of ONE PENNY! I'm sure that there wasn't any politics being played there and I have a copy of the bill and the cancelled check if you would like to see it. Call me at 338-9900. Please don't believe Rob Cote. He lied about it saying I was late for the current bill as well as "the penny" but the bill and the receipt proves otherwise."

Bill Year 2016

Bill 26035873

Activity Posted Paid By /Reference Amount

3/24/2017 CORRENTE, RICHARD C $40.56 Payment

3/24/2017 CORRENTE, RICHARD C $136.31. Payment

HE WILL NEVER ANSWER THIS QUESTION AS IT IS UNDISPUTED TRUTH, SUBSTANTIATED BY LEGAL DOCUMENTS, THAT HE CHEATED THE TAXPAYERS AND DROVE AN UNREGISTERED CAR FOR 3 YEARS DURING THE TIME HE SQUATTED AT 177 GRAND VIEW DR.

Wednesday, October 11
JohnStark

Mr. Corrente: I will not pile on here, but multiple questions. First, you can't be serious that the teachers' union is receiving "overwhelming support" from taxpayers. Have you been misquoted? Second, can we agree that the existing defined benefit plan is woefully unsustainable and should be replaced with a defined contribution plan that would benefit both employees and taxpayers? Third, Can we also agree that the entire notion of a teachers' "union" is a relic of the 70's and no longer needed? Fourth, Do you endorse these "sick out" stunts? Fifth, and perhaps most important, Can you explain how some of the highest compensated teachers in the northeast are responsible for some of the most deplorable achievement test results in the state? In a city well below the median poverty level? I'm seeking first to understand your positions because the existing "collective bargaining" process is little more than rearrangement of deck chairs on the Titanic.

Wednesday, October 11
richardcorrente

Dear John Stark,

Thanks for not "piling on" and here are the answers to your questions.

1."overwhelming support for the teachers" does NOT mean the contents of the contract. It means that they deserve a signed one! I haven't met one taxpayer that believes otherwise.

2. your "second" comment I agree entirely on. A "defined contribution plan that would benefit both employees and taxpayers" is the perfect plan John. (but here again you are talking about the contents of the new contract, not whether or not the teachers deserve one)

3.No. We can't agree that the teachers don't need a union. I do agree with you that the 70's version is absolutely "a relic" but I believe it should be new-and-improved, not dismantled. The role of all unions has evolved and the Warwick Teachers Union needs updating but without them the School Committee would rule. At last nights meeting Karen Bachus of the School Committee pointed out that the School Committee staff had "swollen". Imagine if there were no union to provide a checks-and-balance.

4. I totally DO NOT support these"sick out" stunts. I believe they are a poorly decided act of desperation from well-intentioned teachers that are at the end of their rope, but should still be handling themselves with greater restraint. As I have said before, I don't believe I would stand for the way they are being treated but I would just get a job elsewhere. Warwick teachers deserve much better treatment, but a "sick out" is not the answer in my opinion.

5. And, most important to us both, no John, I can't understand it. The School Committee blames the teachers. The Warwick Teachers Union blames the School Committee. Here's what I do know. The teachers are willing to discuss anything. There agenda is a blank pad of paper. That's admirable. The School Committee stubbornly refuses to discuss so many items that the outcome of any discussions can only benefit the School Committee; not the teachers. That is NOT admirable at all! That's wholly unfair and if you described the School Committee's actions as "little more than rearrangement of deck chairs on the Titanic", I would completely agree.

John,

Your questions are respectful and intelligent. I think we can agree that the teachers absolutely deserve a new contract and that was my point. As far as what is in it, that is a matter of negotiation. The overwhelming support that the teachers are presently receiving would disappear if they demanded too much.

Happy Autumn John Stark.

Happy Autumn teachers.

Happy Autumn everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Wednesday, October 11
Justanidiot

hi mr mayer. eye r a taxprayer and I tinks that da teachers can learn our students jest fine withouts any contracts.

also, eyes is glad you gots out of that well. eyes wuz worried

Wednesday, October 11
WarwickFreemason

I find it amusing the only fault lies with the School Committee. The city has now had 2-separate closings due to "sick outs," and we are being told it is the fault of the School Committee. It is NEVER the teacher's fault or the WTU's fault, nope it is that good for nothing School Committee's fault, all of this is because of them... Why can't the taxpayers of Warwick conduct a "No Confidence Vote" on the teachers and the WTU, after all they ULTIMATELY work for us, right? Am I correct in saying that? Both work for the taxpayers of Warwick? If that statement is true, then why do we have to put up with that? Isn't the saying "He who holds the gold makes the rules?" Don't the taxpayers have the power of the purse? Why do we need to go through this year after year???? Why???? Why can't we remove all the teachers, eliminate the WTU and start from scratch? We should as taxpayers have the most say in what is going in our city? I am sorry, every sentence seems to be ending in a question; because, I honestly don't know why we was taxpayers, who contribute to a large percentage of the city's overall revenue, why we do not have more of a say in the way the WSD is run.

Mr. Corrente, can you please explain this to me? Why do we have to have a teacher;'s union? Why can't we eliminate the unions, fire the teachers and start from scratch? Why can't we have "School Choice" and "Student Vouchers?" Do you agree the teacher's allegiance should be to the students and the taxpayers first? And if that is true, do you think the taxpayers should have a right and the final say as to who and who does not have a job as a teacher in the city?

You said recently in a couple posts that 80,000 resident's support the teachers, can you site your source? I am only asking because I think that number is fictitious and extremely exaggerated. While I do think there are thousands of people who do in fact support the teachers, there are also thousands of people who do not support the teachers.

I look forward to your response,

Happy Waning Gibbous Moon Richard Corrente,

Happy Waning Gibbous Moon Warwick Taxpayers;

Happy Waning Gibbous Moon Everyone;

So Mote it Be;

Rhode Island Freemason;

The Taxpayer's Freemason

Wednesday, October 11
richardcorrente

Dear Justanidiot,

Thanks for caring.

Rick

Wednesday, October 11
richardcorrente

Dear WarwickFreemason,

I wish you were right. You're not.

I wish the teachers ULTIMATELY worked for us, the taxpayers. They don't.

I wish the taxpayers had "the power of the purse" as you say. They don't.

Here is the problem as I see it. We taxpayers have paid over $160,000,000 dollars a year - over 1 BILLION DOLLARS since 2009, but we didn't pay it to the teachers. We paid it to a third party middleman called the School Committee (SC). We trusted them to spend our money wisely. Do you think they have? I don't. I believe they mismanaged it horribly. In the last year their staff has grown by over 30% while the teachers have been reduced in number by about the same 30%. During that same time our schools were denied even the most basic attention and our teachers are entering their third year with no employment contract. How's that working out in your opinion WarwickFreemason? On a scale of 1 to 100 I give the School Committee a one...and that's because I rounded it UP!

This year they received another $160,000,000 or so, and they now want an ADDITIONAL $84,000,000 PLUS ANOTHER $30,000,000. I have said many times that we NEED accountability from the SC who are spending the taxpayers money faster than the taxpayers can earn it. As Mayor, I would not give them a dime until I had answers to my and the City Councils questions because our city charter does NOT ALLOW the Mayor or the City Council to advise, direct, suggest, or influence any of the spending habits of the Warwick School Committee from "the minute they receive the taxpayers money". If we had a Home Rule Charter, we taxpayers, represented by our Mayor and our City Council would have the power to demand answers to questions that we can't even ask the SC about today.

You rightly asked "Do you agree the teachers allegiance should be to the students and the taxpayers first?" Yes, WarwickFreemason, I do. The problem is that we have to contend with the School Committee as that middleman. That organization is stopping that "allegiance" from happening.

You also asked "Why do we have a teacher's union?" That answer is simple. "To protect the teachers from the greed and control of the School Committee." If we didn't have the SC, we might not need as much of a union force, but I still think they would need some kind of an organization to speak for the teachers. They could negotiate directly with the City Council and I'm sure it couldn't possibly be any worse than it is today. That's what the Police Union does. That's what the Municipal Employees Union does. That's what the Firefighters Union does. Those unions are working fairly well. The Warwick Teachers Union is NOT but I strongly believe the reason lies in the mismanagement of funds from the SC. I don't blame the teachers at all.

You also quoted me as saying "80,000 residents support the teachers". I said that "the 80,000 taxpayers who are paying the tab, overwhelmingly support the teachers". My source is from the last two-years plus of campaigning and speaking to literally thousands of Warwick taxpayers, each one of which supports the idea that the Warwick teachers deserve a SIGNED contract. I have yet to meet ONE that says they don't. Not one. If you or anyone reading this feels that the Warwick teachers do NOT deserve a signed contract, then please call me directly. I would like to hear your comments. My cell phone is 401-338-9900. Remember, I am not saying they deserve "a million dollars". What I have said repeatedly is that they deserve a "signed contract". I stand by that comment.

I respect your comments WarwickFreemason and out of respect to you I will now refer to you as "The Taxpayers Freemason" if that's OK with you.

Happy Autumn The Taxpayers Freemason.

Happy Autumn Warwick teachers.

Happy Autumn everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Wednesday, October 11
Thecaptain

Mr. Corrente,

Why wont you answer the question on your car?

Wednesday, October 11
Thecaptain

Just a couple of questions for the brain dead fake mayor.

1. If the Warwick teachers have such a bad deal and the contract sucks so bad, and the working conditions are so horrific, why haven't any of them left to go elsewhere? In the real world, true qualified professionals would seek other employment. What can the Warwick teachers put on their resumes? Worked as teacher in the 3rd highest paid school district in the country with the lowest scores in the country. Will not attend parent teacher meetings, don't go on filed trips, wont attend open house. Salary requirements - $87,000 plus benefits and retirement package. Interested saps please contact me.

2. The fake mayor continually touts all of his efforts and ideas to fix Warwick. For example, his "voluntary pension buy out program". Can the fake mayor produce 1 comment from any city worker, 1 email, 1 letter in the mail, from a city worker that is in agreement with his ideas? I would just like to see if the fake mayor can point to one comment posted anywhere that gives any of his ideas the least bit of credibility. 1 comment from 1 legitimate city worker and I will go away and stop heckling you for the low down, lying, cheating, tax beating degenerate that you are. Whats more interesting is that the entire democrat delegation in Warwick supported Avedisian, the RINO. 1 legit comment Rick. You must be able to find 1 comment from the 80,000 taxpayers that support you and the teachers.

Wednesday, October 11
Justanidiot

eye cares for you mister mayer.

i hopes dat da new medication kicks in soon and you will be able to tinks straight

Thursday, October 12
Okgo-okgo

It's very possible the construction going on during the school day is uncovering dangerous airborne substances which does cause illness. Has anyone walked around inside of that building, beyond the front door and gym, lately? Where the construction is taking place there is clear evidence of water damage, rain leaking from the ceiling onto exposed wires, dust and debris everywhere. It's just a matter of time before the mold, asbestos, dust and other unknown airborne substances that are uncovered will affect the inhabitants, including the young chidren in the building.

Thursday, October 12
CrickeeRaven

That's an interesting idea, Okgo-Okgo. I just wonder, Why didn't hundreds of students in those schools call out sick, then? How did these "airborne substances" only affect teachers?

I mean, if what you're saying is true, everyone in those buildings should have been affected, right? But only teachers called in sick, all at once, at both places. And they were back at work the next school day, in both cases.

Nice effort, though, trying to obscure the actual issue. There's a mayoral candidate and admitted WTU member on these comment boards that I'd LOVE for you to meet -- you guys will get along famously.

Thursday, October 12
Okgo-okgo

How do you know there are not children that are sick from airborne particles being blown around in that building? I presented a very valid fact that the building is currently under construction and has confirmed poor air quality. Yet it was not mentioned in the article. I haven't seen any updated air quality reports indicating the air quality has improved. All that is presented here is speculation. Not facts. So who are you? Are you a doctor or scientist that can confirm speculations? Do you have current medical records of all the children and staff to confirm? Tell us the facts.

Thursday, October 12
CrickeeRaven

Okgo-Okgo:

Quit "just asking questions" and put proof up for your claims, or don't. You brought up the air quality in the school buildings [actually one, but you didn't identify which] in an apparent attempt to justify the several dozen teachers who called out sick, and then whined because you're getting called on it.

Have there been mass student absences? No. Can you answer why, if environmental factors were an issue, only teachers were affected to the point that several dozen had to call in sick? Again, no.

Stop trying to put the burden on me to justify your statements.

That reminds me, there's a mayoral candidate I'd love for you to meet. He likes to demand that other people prove what he says, too.

Thursday, October 12
Thecaptain

The comments above exemplify the ridiculousness that exists in our community. Can someone be that blinded by stupidity that they cannot rationalize the obvious? To what lengths of embarrassment will people stoop to in an attempt to justify poor behavior? Must be the fake mayors cousin!

Thursday, October 12
JohnStark

Mr. Corrente,

Thanks for your response. If I have it right, you now endorse the elimination of pensions for teachers and replacing them with defined contribution plans. Certainly a step in the right direction. Where we part company is whether teachers "absolutely deserve a new contract". They absolutely do Not, and I mean "they" in the literal sense. There should not be a contract for "them" because bargaining (or negotiating) should not be "collective". The entire notion of public sector unions has seen it's best days, and they were 35 years ago. Rick, would you support (or lobby for) enabling legislation to allow for teachers to vote on whether or not they wished to remain in a union, with the understanding that a 51% "No" vote would dissolve the union? Would you give teachers this right of self-determination? Most American workers do not work with contracts. We ae not a "collective". It's time to take a very fundamental look at the legitimacy of this and other public sector unions.

Finally, your statement that "The teachers are willing to discuss anything" is simply not true. Teachers are unwilling to discuss transitioning away from the archaic pension system, something you now endorse. They are unwilling to discuss school choice despite overwhelming evidence that it helps kids. They are unwilling to discuss merit pay. And they are unwilling to render the existing "step" system, another archaic entity, to the scrap heap. Essentially, they wish to 'negotiate' arrangement of the deck chairs as the SS WPS continues to sink, and it's passengers flee when given the opportunity.

Thursday, October 12
Okgo-okgo

There is no reason the facts or questions I presented would warrant personal insult. Clearly there is an agenda other than the content in the article.

Thursday, October 12
bendover

"What we have here is, failure to communicate." OR, "There but for the grace of God, stand I, in an unemployment line." The city is a financial train wreck, resembling Cranston in 1999-2000, or speeding in that direction...It is well beyond live within your means, Put the last best offer on the table, if the teachers don't want it, then we agree to disagree, start going through those 2,000 applications in HR, and choose a different course...Pushing the city to Chapter 9 is not an option, although we just might end up there, regardless. SAD...

Thursday, October 12
CrickeeRaven

Hello again bendover:

Your pessimism is quite warranted, given the past two years and the even longer history of labor disputes in the school department. While I don't think the contract issue will directly cause a fiscal meltdown in Warwick, the ongoing drama certainly does not inspire confidence in the way the city is managed, posing a problem for anyone trying to lure new residents and students to the city.

The aspect that is most troubling to me is that the WTU has been provided with several avenues leading to a contract: actual contract negotiations, mediation, and arbitration, and has at least allowed [if not forced] two of those to close already. What the WTU seems to be doing is stalling long enough to get the arbitrators' ruling and then decide which of the offers they want to accept. After their losses in court and at the legislature, it's really difficult to understand why they would expect a victory from the arbitrators.

And as I mentioned in another comment, out of nearly 900 teachers, 400 to 500 participated in the no-confidence vote, according to WTU president Netcoh. That's not "unanimous," as she claimed, nor is it a good prospect for a union claiming to be the united face of Warwick teachers.

Thursday, October 12
Okgo-okgo

I believe CrickeeRaven and theCaptain have violated the user agreement on this forum for long enough. They need to have their access revoked. There's no valid reason for attacking with personal insults. I don't need to fear people that troll this forum trying to prevent others from sharing. Consider this an official complaint to remove said users. No one should have to fear being personally attacked by these two bullies everytime there is a difference of opinion. I'm sick of them dictating every comment board and harassing others.

Thursday, October 12
Thecaptain

The comments were not personal attacks. The comments were a matter of opinion only. For someone that has been personally attacked repeatedly on this forum, trust me, I know the difference. Also, how do you "personally attack" someone that is anonymous?

Thursday, October 12
PaulHuff

Okogo,

Did you really expect to be taken seriously with your “Airborne particles” that only affect teachers in two different schools?

Your theory is as ludicrous as Ms. Netoch claiming the WTU has no idea about the sickout and that the reason the teachers won’t settle with the City is because of class size and not money.

It doesn’t pass the straight face test.

If you are going to post ludicrous crap you should expect to get called on it.

Thursday, October 12
CrickeeRaven

Okgo-okgo:

That's what you're going with now? Reporting us for violating the website's terms of use? After, what, two days using the site?

Stop trying to play editor on a website you neither own nor manage: "They need to have their access revoked."

Instead, do some research: If you read even the last six months' comments on this site, you'd see that there were very few instances where editors deleted comments [in once case it was apparently the repeated rantings of the fake "mayor" that ultimately led to the decision], and none where users had their accounts shut down. None.

But hey, let's play your game. Maybe I can report that this was harassing and defamatory:

"Are you a doctor or scientist that can confirm speculations? Do you have current medical records of all the children and staff to confirm?"

I feel offended that you would demand some kind of confirmation to a factual statement, i.e., the two schools did not have mass student absences. That really hurt my feelings, Beacon editors! You need to ban Okgo-okgo for that!

By the way, ask the fake "mayor" about playing the victim after he's posted unsolicited and unrelated comments on the topics being discussed here. See how well that's worked out for him.

Thursday, October 12
CrickeeRaven

Thecaptain:

Get a load of that guy [or gal] -- two days on site and already crying. Interesting how we've had an influx of newbies who are all trying to weasel WTU-friendly talking points into the comments 'round here, and all crying when we push back.

Maybe they should go start up their own Facebook page and build themselves the unquestioningly loyal audience they seem to want. Then again, it's so much less work to jump on a privately-owned website with its own established audience and complain when you're not immediately accepted.

Thursday, October 12
Thecaptain

Crickee,

Clearly there are just some people who don't do research, nor do they want to face the reality of Occam's Razor.

Thursday, October 12
richardcorrente

Dear John Stark,

To be clear John, I "support a defined contribution plan that would benefit both employees and taxpayers". You left out the second part of that. Please don't. I need to be real clear. My critics love to speak in half-truths.

Also, we agree to disagree on the issue of "do the teachers deserve a contract?". I wholeheartedly agree with you that the contracts of "35 years ago" are relics of the past and are in dire need of updating, but a 2017 version of an "employment contract" is certainly called for, in my opinion.

Now, for your question: Would I support legislation to allow teachers to vote on whether or not they would want to stay in the union with the understanding that a 51% vote would dissolve the union?

No, John. I think we need a union to protect our teachers from the greed and control of the School Committee(SC). I feel that without a union the SC would explode in number and the number of teachers would be decreased to about a dozen. Now, if you want to dissolve the School Committee, and have the Warwick Teachers Union negotiate directly with the Mayor and the City Council (just like the police, fire, and municipal employees do) I think I would entertain that idea seriously.

Finally, you say that my statement of the teachers union being willing to negotiate "Any day, Any time, Any where, about Any teacher-contract topic" is simply not true. John. your comment is "simply not true." Just before the meeting on Tuesday night, I saw the Warwick Teachers Union president Darlene Netcoh in the isle and I asked point blank, "Are you willing to meet with the SC any day, any time, any where to discuss any topic about the teachers union contract?" She affirmatively said "Yes!" I believed her and I haven't read anything to the contrary from any credible source. Have you?

Let's face it. We will never know everything that goes on behind those closed doors, and we shouldn't. But I went to the source, and I believed what she said. I tried to get an answer to that same question from two of the SC members. I am still waiting for an answer, one way or the other.

John, I agree with you that the SS WPS continues to sink and we NEED to get this resolved but I see a willingness to fix this mess from the WTU that just doesn't exist with the SC from my point of view. The teachers may not agree to certain things in the give-and-take of negotiations but you even acknowledged that they negotiated them when you reported their comments on the subject. From what I hear, there are topics that the SC refuses to even discuss. Many topics.

John, let's agree that there should be NO topic off the table. I believe that is the only way to right the sinking SS WPS.

Take good care John.

Rick

Friday, October 13
Thecaptain

Corrente,

You truly are so misinformed and ill that it isnt funny anymore. "The greed of the School Committee? Are you aware that 86 cents of every dollar allocated to the school committee goes to teacher salary and benefits? Of course your not because you run your mouth with no background knowledge of anything. You are so insignificant in every finance related topic in this city that I find it amazing that you continue to publicly show your ignorance.

Did anyone really think that you would state that we dont need a union? Of course not. If there were no unions, you and others like your best girl Vella, would have no one to pander to. It really has become disgusting. But then again, I am not surprised because a man that doesn't pay his taxes, utility bills, child support, etc.. has no conscience. By the way, I am still waiting for you to dismiss my allegations that you drove an unregistered car and beat the taxpayers out of automobile taxes for the 3 years that you squatted at 177 Grand View Dr. while you also neglected to pay taxes and utilities.

Can mayor cement head confirm as to where his car was registered between 2013, 2014, 2015 ?

Owner Vehicle Year Make Model Plate Bill Bill Year

CORRENTE, RICHARD C 0 BANKRS 2918655 2009 View Bill

CORRENTE, RICHARD C 0 BANKRS 2018248 2010 View Bill

CORRENTE, RICHARD C 0 BANKRS 2118114 2011 View Bill

CORRENTE, RICHARD C 0 BANKRS 22029726 2012 View Bill

CORRENTE, RICHARD C 0 BANKRS 26035873 2016 View Bill

CORRENTE, RICHARD C 0 BANKRS 27036787 2017 View Bill

Question number 2 is -

Where is the payment for 1 PENNY as he quotes?

"I went to the tax collector to apologize and make amends for my unintentional mistake. I learned, at that time, that my "taxes in arrears" came to a whopping total of ONE PENNY! I'm sure that there wasn't any politics being played there and I have a copy of the bill and the cancelled check if you would like to see it. Call me at 338-9900. Please don't believe Rob Cote. He lied about it saying I was late for the current bill as well as "the penny" but the bill and the receipt proves otherwise."

Bill Year 2016

Bill 26035873

Activity Posted Paid By /Reference Amount

3/24/2017 CORRENTE, RICHARD C $40.56 Payment

3/24/2017 CORRENTE, RICHARD C $136.31. Payment

HE WILL NEVER ANSWER THIS QUESTION AS IT IS UNDISPUTED TRUTH, SUBSTANTIATED BY LEGAL DOCUMENTS, THAT HE CHEATED THE TAXPAYERS AND DROVE AN UNREGISTERED CAR FOR 3 YEARS DURING THE TIME HE SQUATTED AT 177 GRAND VIEW DR.

Friday, October 13
CrickeeRaven

The shamelessness of the fake "mayor" continues...

"If we had a Home Rule Charter, we taxpayers, represented by our Mayor and our City Council would have the power to demand answers to questions that we can't even ask the SC about today."

First, Warwick is one of two Rhode Island communities with Legislative Charters, which are identical to Home Rule Charters in all but name: https://www.warwickri.gov/city-council-legislative-department/pages/warwick-city-charter

(See where it says "Charter" in the link, fake "mayor.")

Second, the restriction on city government from dictating school spending is a state law that can not be superseded by local ordinance.

Third, communities are required under a separate law, maintenance of effort, to provide the same amount of money to schools every year -- another law that the fake "mayor's" imagination will not change.

I thank the other commenters who see through the shameless fake "mayor's ignorant statements and support change through legitimate, legal means.

Saturday, October 14