Coventry School Sports Programs at Risk After Voters Reject $1.3M Funding Item

Citizens defeated the funding request by a slim margin during a referendum Tuesday.

Coventry football players (in red) line up. File photo.
Coventry football players (in red) line up. File photo.
Coventry school sports programs could be axed after voters narrowly rejected a $1.3 million funding measure.

Citizens defeated the item by a vote of 1,517 to 1,377 during a referendum Tuesday.

The funding measure, which was proposed by a group of citizens, would have increased the tax levy from 1.96 percent to 4 percent—giving the school system an extra $1,316,801.

School officials previously told WPRI.com that they will consider getting rid of junior varsity sports and scaling back on school supplies to deal with the lack of funding.
mad hatter June 28, 2014 at 11:28 AM
@CT2, holy cow! if that isnt the pot calling the kettle black!! keep your face in the trough. you might choke if you get distracted.
coventry taxpayer 2 June 28, 2014 at 03:31 PM
You just cant admit to shit you are part of, huh hater?
coventry taxpayer 2 June 28, 2014 at 03:34 PM
There are only certain people that comment would bother , Kind of given up who you are!!
Chris Vamvaketis June 30, 2014 at 08:29 AM
Steve and Gem - thank you for well stated and very insightful posts. It's definitely apparent that we as citizens in the town need to stay informed and actively involved in town decisions in order to receive what we're hoping for from our school system. I have 2 kids in the school system and the teachers are positive, concerned and good people. But that having been said that certainly doesn't mean we as a town should be allowing items in their contracts which we can't afford - which subsequently help to create budget shortfalls in other areas like sports in the schools. I would think that if we as concerned citizens can keep actively involved in the budgeting and negotiating process, we can protect what's important to us. Any suggestions on how we can form a watch dog group of concerned citizens who can keep in constant contact with the school committee and help keep citizens informed about important items and help expand voting and involvement? This seems to be a pretty good forum to help make some of that happen? Just a thought.


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