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EG School Bond Passes Despite Community Concerns

(November 8, 2023) The East Greenwich $150M school bond is the most consequential municipal spending initiative of a generation. And it passed, despite the need for better responsiveness about community preferences, mixed messaging, and the potential negative impacts to neighboring properties. To be clear, the EGRTC was not opposed to the bond’s passage and is encouraged that our town could be eligible to receive 55% in state aid. However, we are concerned about the process that was followed and the lack of diverse representation managing your tax dollars on this project for the next 30 years. 

In the past, our School Committee has sought its residents’ feedback about a host of topics using online surveys that went home to families: school start times, the full return to school during Covid, the academic calendar, full day kindergarten, and the superintendent search. And our Town Council sought taxpayer feedback with its Community Services Survey to include questions about dog parks, pickleball courts, a natural hazards mitigation plan, and the Swift Community Center expansion. Yet, a survey was not sent out to gauge your preferences regarding whether Eldredge Elementary School is decommissioned, which schools should be renovated/rebuilt, and what increase in taxes residents could comfortably support. Because they did not garner this feedback through a survey, our elected leaders were lacking important data needed to understand whether the wider community was behind their proposal. 

  Many have stated that the public had multiple opportunities to have a say in the school construction bond proposal process before any decisions were made. However, school building subcommittee meetings were held on weekday mornings, excluding most working people, including teachers, from attending. The subcommittee also didn’t meet from mid-September to mid-January during the last election cycle when they would have had the ear of the public. At the spring Community Forums, some residents shared their preference that the bulk of the bond be used to rebuild our flagship institution, the high school, where we lose the most students to private schools due, in part, to its deteriorating condition. (Even the “School Master Plan Construction Initiative” questionnaire, which was part of the EG Community Engagement Page, echoed the same sentiments about the high school being the priority: Other parents shared at the forums that the only truly walkable school in the district, Eldredge, should not be closed, even if it would cost more to maintain and fewer students could attend. Some residents left with the impression that the point of the forums was to disseminate, not gather, information. 

Furthermore, town messaging on social media and in our local newspaper could have led voters to think that if they didn’t support the bond, EG could lose all state school construction aid. Town Councilor Caryn Corenthal commented on social media that, if the bond fails, EG taxpayers will have to shoulder the entire burden of school construction in the future. She asked, “Should we wait to build when the town has to absorb all costs?” And Vice Chair of the School Committee Nicole Bucka shared the same message on her Facebook page. She wrote, “Fund necessary school building updates either with state reimbursements or (down the road) fund them 100% on the EG taxpayers’ dime.” This is not accurate. The RI State Legislature voted to fund school construction at a base rate of 35% in East Greenwich, and this “Housing Aid” will not go away next year. What will be expiring is the potential for an additional 20% in bonus incentives that we may be eligible for. On October 13, Ms. Bucka published a Letter to the Editor in East Greenwich News in which she shared the same information: She wrote, “Delaying this investment will mean our community will bear the full cost in the future,” a statement that was revised by the newspaper’s editor. 

Then, Town Councilor Renu Englehart commented online that the state could impose another moratorium on school construction spending, and we could lose the base reimbursement rate of 35%. In actuality, during the 2011-2015 moratorium, RIDE assessed the state of all the schools, after which the Schoolhouse Report was released and the School Building Authority Capital Fund was created. ( It would not make sense for RIDE to impose another moratorium in the near future as the study has already taken place, and the report found that most of the older schools across the state are deteriorating; this problem grows worse every year. Also, there is a law in effect for 2024 which provides EG with 35% in aid, so that base reimbursement rate is not in immediate danger. ( Unfortunately, these mixed messages by our elected leaders have caused unnecessary confusion amongst voters.

  Finally, many residents feel that their concerns about the potential for damage to their homes were not adequately addressed. Colliers (formerly Strategic Building Solutions) also managed the Cole Middle School project which resulted in a five-year lawsuit for the town by homeowners in the adjacent Sarah's Trace development who suffered damage to their homes costing them hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair. We were surprised that our School Committee would vote to retain Colliers as the design firm on this next project, and its representative, Derek Osterman, did not regain residents’ trust when, at the Community Forum on October 18, he stated that there is no plan to analyze and monitor damage to homes near Frenchtown and Hanaford through pre-construction surveys (at minute 15:16 More concerning to nearby homeowners is that their homes are even closer to the proposed construction than Cole is to Sarah’s Trace. 

  The EGRTC has consistently advocated for transparency throughout this process and has worked to keep you informed so that you could make the best decision about the bond for your family and our community. True leadership seeks community buy-in, especially when the financial impacts are so significant. For now, let’s continue to stay engaged about the school construction bond; the next School Building Committee meeting is on Friday, Nov. 10, at 11:00 AM at Cole Middle School. And in 2024, let’s ensure our community has more balanced representation.

Special Election Updates

(October 31, 2023) Some have been wondering what will happen if the school bond fails. The EG Town Council and School Committee are now stating that if the bond does not pass, while it would be difficult, it is possible for them to revise the school construction plan and be able to submit Stage 2 plans to RIDE by the February 2024 deadline. This means that voters should not feel pressured to vote for something simply based on the “once in a lifetime” offer of the 20% bonus incentives. This does not mean that voters should stay home on November 7th; in fact, any revision to the bond would depend on how the election results break down. Read more about this here:

The EGRTC is not advising voters whether to approve the bond as we believe that each household’s needs and budget are different. However, we have endeavored to keep you informed about the process and have advocated on your behalf for transparency from our elected officials, especially about information that has been confusing or misleading.

Furthermore, we are encouraging every Republican to vote. This choice rests in your hands, so please don't allow a small minority to chart the community’s educational and fiscal trajectory for the next 27+ years. We know that special elections typically have a low voter turnout, but let’s not sit on the sidelines while important decisions are being made. Check out the EGRTC Blog on our website for all of our coverage of the bond and other topics of concern:

Early voting is already underway and will be continuing at Town Hall from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM through November 6th. Election Day voting will occur only at Swift Community Center from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Please reach out to us if you need a ride on Election Day- we would be happy to help. Email us at

Misleading Media About the School Bond

(October 17, 2023) Why are our elected officials spreading misleading information about the upcoming school bond? Two weeks ago, Town Councillor Caryn Corenthal commented on social media that, if the bond fails, EG taxpayers will have to shoulder the entire burden of school construction in the future. And Vice Chair of the School Committee Nicole Bucka shared the same disinformation on her Facebook page.

This is false. As we have shared in previous statements, the RI State Legislature voted to fund school construction at a base rate of 35% in East Greenwich, and this funding will not go away next year. It is called “Housing Aid.” What will be expiring is the potential for an additional 20% in bonus incentives that we may be eligible for. This amounts to $30M on a bond of our size. 

On October 13, Ms. Bucka published a Letter to the Editor in East Greenwich News in which she twice purported the same thing:

After we corrected Ms. Bucka and several days had passed, East Greenwich News finally edited these misleading statements.

To be clear, the EGRTC understands the need for our schools to be updated, and the bonus incentives of $30M in state aid are substantial. We simply want taxpayers to have the correct information so that they may make an educated decision that is best for their families and our community. What is disappointing is that the misleading statements amount to fear mongering about EG’s most consequential municipal spending of a generation. The question is, why do our elected officials persist in using these high-pressure tactics? If the state funding is a “once in a lifetime opportunity,” why not take the time to get their facts right?

We encourage voters to attend the Community Forum at NEIT on Wednesday, October 18, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Although questions are being pre-screened by the moderator and editor of EG News, and the public will not be able to ask questions directly to our elected officials, it will be one of the last opportunities before Election Day to learn about the school bond.

Make Your Voice Heard About the School Bond

(October 1, 2023) Now is the time to become informed and ask questions about the upcoming School Bond Referendum. The EGRTC wishes to promote community engagement about this topic and will continue to highlight opportunities for voters to have the data they need to make a knowledgable decision at our special election on November 7.

School Committee member Dr. Eugene Quinn has created a searchable database regarding the tax impact on your household. You can look up your address to determine how much the proposed bond will cost by going to You will see your estimated yearly  taxes if the bond is approved and if the bond is rejected. The difference, or delta, is the yearly increase if the bond is approved. The yearly tax increases include all of the operating costs for the town as well as other debt. Please note that these figures are based on your house’s current assessed value, and the town will be reassessing these values over the next couple of years.

Also, East Greenwich News, in conjunction with the EG Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a one-hour community forum in which school and town officials will be answering questions about the school bond. The event will be happening at New England Tech auditorium on October 18, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. Residents are encouraged to send their questions in advance to The Chair of the EGRTC is concerned that audience members will not be able to ask questions directly to our elected officials, and all of the queries will be pre-screened by the moderator. The Chair has requested that voters not be restricted by an intermediary and that the forum not be limited to one hour if voters have additional questions.

Finally, there is another forum in which voters may submit questions as well as view other residents’ inquiries about the bond. Please note that this online forum closes on October 31, and no questions will be posted after that date. This discussion is part of the Engage EG town website and is moderated by Town Manager Andy Nota:

We hope you will participate in one or more of these opportunities to be aware of how the school bond could affect your family.

Mark Your Calendars & Vote on the School Construction Bond

(September 23, 2023) Did you know that special elections typically have low voter turnout? East Greenwich residents, please make your voice heard by voting on our town’s most consequential municipal spending of a generation. Here is some important information regarding the upcoming $150M East Greenwich School Bond Referendum.

What: The 27-year $150M bond is slated to cover the costs of a new build of Frenchtown Elementary, a new build or renovations to Hanaford Elementary, and targeted renovations to the High School.

Of the $150M, the state is projected to cover $82.5M, or 55%, of the total costs. This includes expected temporary bonus incentives of 20%, totaling $30M, the application for which expires next February and which are described here: The usual state reimbursement rate for school construction and renovation, also known as “Housing Aid,” is 35%, and this does not expire.

In August, Town Manager Andy Nota shared the projected tax impacts with the public. These values include all operating costs for the town as well as current debt and the school bond. Your yearly tax increases would be based on your home’s assessed value. Please note that the town will be reassessing house values over the next couple of years.

When/Where:  Early voting will be happening at Town Hall from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, and Election Day voting will occur only at Swift Community Center from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. More details about registering and voting can be found at

The EGRTC will continue to keep you informed about this topic in the coming weeks.

Let's Talk About the Upcoming School Construction Bond

(August 21, 2023) At our next monthly meeting on Monday, September 18, we’ll be seeking your feedback about the upcoming School Construction Bond, which East Greenwich residents will vote on this November in a special election. Last week, the Town Council voted to put a $150M bond on the ballot. This could pay for one or two new elementary schools and some renovations to the high school. A summary of this meeting can be found here:

According to the town’s finance manager, the impacts on every taxpayer will be spread out over 27 years with the biggest increase happening in 2027. Please note that the town will be reassessing home values over the next couple of years.

These values include all operating costs for the town as well as current debt and the proposed school bond. We hope you will join us on September 18th to ask questions and provide feedback about this bond. Of course, you can always email us to let us know your thoughts at

We will also be hearing from our guest speaker William Jacobson, Cornell Law Professor and Founder of Legal Insurrection. His talk “Recent Supreme Court Decisions Explained” will help us understand how the Court’s rulings affect us here in Rhode Island. Join us at Safehouse Restaurant on Old Forge Road. Doors open at 6:30, and meeting begins at 7:00 PM. Dinner and bar service will be available.

East Greenwich Needs Heroes

(August 24, 2023) In 1981, President Reagan inspired us with this reminder about what makes our nation unique- “We are a nation that has a government, not the other way around, and this makes us special among all the nations of the earth. Our government has no power except that which is granted it by the people.” We sometimes hear from Democrats that constituents must live with the egregious policies that have been enacted because the voters have spoken. However, voters who sent Democrats to elected office did so because they believed their dishonest promises. As we have described in previous posts, your elected officials have failed to uphold their promises and advocate for your best interests.

What makes this all the more galling is that they don’t respect their constituents enough to publicly address this topic. Instead, they are unresponsive or divert attention away from voters' valid concerns:

President Reagan continued with words that may as well have been written today- “It is time to reverse and check the growth of the government which has shown signs of growing beyond the consent of the governed. It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion into our lives that result from the excessive growth of government.” Anyone concerned about state overreach and its profound impact into your life, your children’s education, your ability to prosper, and your town’s rightful autonomy should know that this is the result of a government that has grown beyond the consent of the governed.

So, what can we do? Reagan posed a solution and a warning. He stated- “We are not, as some have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.Those who say that we are in a time when there are no heroes, they just don’t know where to look. Well, I believe that we, the Americans of today, are ready to be worthy of ourselves, ready to do what is needed to be done to ensure happiness and liberty for ourselves, our children,  and our children’s children.”

Every two years, East Greenwich has an opportunity to be worthy of ourselves and put forth qualified candidates for elected office who will honestly and fairly represent our interests, not those of out-of-town special interest groups. We must look right here in East Greenwich for the heroes we sorely need. If you have never considered running for public office, think about it now. We can assure you, you won’t be alone. In fact, our chances of winning increase with every candidate we run to unseat the incumbents who habitually fail in their duty to represent you. Reach out to our Vice Chair of Candidate Development, Peter Carney, to discuss how at

East Greenwich Sent the State a Message

(August 5, 2023) After months of hearings, the East Greenwich Planning Board voted this week not to approve Ned Capozzi’s Division Road development. They were persuaded by the compelling testimony of a host of residents who described the likely negative impacts on the health, safety, and environment of the community, as well as the fact that the project would be in contradiction to our Comprehensive Plan that sets aside the western part of town as rural. Most interestingly, the Board found that the evidence provided by the traffic expert hired by the residents about the impacts to the surrounding roads and neighborhoods was more convincing than that of the town’s own traffic expert.

While the developer will almost assuredly appeal the decision, and the state has the power to override our local boards, it is encouraging that so many East Greenwich residents came together to push back against state overreach. What is unfortunate is that our own elected officials have long been silent on this topic, albeit a few Town Councilors have spoken out in their personal capacities. We have already demonstrated that, during campaign season, our state reps misrepresented their intentions to uphold local control at the statehouse. However, please remember that our Town Council didn’t make any empty promises regarding pushing back against developer abuse of our affordable housing laws. In fact, they signaled that they would simply allow it to happen. It was Republican Town Council candidates who sounded the alarm about this development and the need for better advocacy on your behalf:[UNIQID]

Ultimately, East Greenwich has sent a message to the statehouse that we prefer local control, that we trust our neighbors to make responsible decisions to grow our community in a way that helps people who need housing while minimizing the negative consequences to our schools, safety, and environment. While this is an important message, we must take the next steps to regain our autonomy in 2024. What can you do next?

Please reach out to us to discuss how you can get involved and make a difference in your community-

Progressive Control or Local Control?

(July 24, 2023) Progressives who criticize concerned residents for their supposed NIMBY attitudes about the Division Road project ignore the fact that it is not the affordable nature of the development that concerns them. It is the high-density quality of the project and the inevitable change in the rural, western side of town that is supposed to be set aside as such in our town’s Comprehensive Plan. Overdevelopment of rural areas in East Greenwich, combined with the deforestation of nearby West Greenwich to create solar farms, is an ecological nightmare. 


Progressives are experiencing cognitive dissonance as their concerns for the environment are clashing with their out-of-control push for overdevelopment. They should know that overdevelopment, especially of a high-density nature, causes excessive storm water runoff, polluting nearby bodies of water. As it stands, the Carrs Pond and Greenwich Cove areas are compromised, and this development and others that will follow, will only exacerbate the problem. Please see the DEM's 2022 Impaired Waters Report (


According to the Conservation Law Foundation, "New England’s coastal watersheds are the second most developed in the country, with 17 percent of the land area developed – a number that could rise to 30 percent if current rates of development continue." THE CLF predicts that New England is projected to lose hundreds of thousands more acres of forest and farmland to development by 2050. ( "From boil water orders, to fish advisories, to beach closures, the effects of stormwater pollution, particularly after a heavy rain, have health and economic implications for everyone from the source to the sea." 


It appears that the EG Planning Board is not inclined to approve the project with at least one member expressing the fact that the developer has not offered any concessions to the residents who have spoken out about how it will affect their families. However, developer Nick Capozzi knows that if our Planning Board refuses to approve, he can bypass local planning by appealing to the State Housing Appeals Board which will almost certainly allow the development to be built.


East Greenwich News is today reporting what you heard here first ([UNIQID]) about Senate Bill 1037, which State Senator Bridget Valverde voted to approve and which further erodes our local control. “One factor that has not been discussed is new state laws easing housing regulations that go into effect Jan. 1, 2024. One law is particularly relevant since it will make it easier for developers to maximize density by providing more affordable units. Developers would get 5 units per acre with 25 percent affordable (like the Division Road project), 9 units per acre with 50 percent affordable and 12 units per acre for 100 percent affordable projects. In other words, if Capozzi were to sell his property to another developer or withdrew his current application and resubmitted it after Jan. 1 as a 50 percent affordable project, he could build 720 units. An all-affordable project could come in at 960 units.“ (


The EGRTC believes that it is still important that residents speak out about their concerns in every forum possible and send a message to our state lawmakers that they are not satisfied with their broken promises about returning local control to our town. And it is imperative that we replace our state legislators and town councilors by electing common sense candidates who will advocate for East Greenwich. Can't run for office but still want to help? Donate to our Summer Fundraising Campaign, $24 for 2024.

A Message From our Vice Chair of Candidate Development

(July 9, 2023) Hello, East Greenwich! My name is Peter Carney, and I recently accepted the role of Vice Chair of Candidate Development for the East Greenwich Republican Town Committee. The time is NOW to start planning for our town’s 2024 election cycle. With three School Committee seats open, all five Town Council seats, one State Rep. seat, and two State Senate seats, 2024 presents a great opportunity to address the total lack of balance representing East Greenwich. 

For the first time since 2018, the EGRTC fielded several competitive candidates in 2022. Though all came up short of claiming victory (some by only a few hundred votes), organizational roots were laid for a much more successful 2024, and the data showed solid support among both Unaffiliated voters and Democrats for more balance on East Greenwich’s governing bodies. For some Republican candidates, Unaffiliated voters and Democrats combined to bring more votes than the total registered Republican voter turnout. With more Get Out the Vote efforts, more donations, and running a full slate of qualified candidates, I am confident the results will be different in 2024. 

There is also a groundswell of concern in our community about the broken promises by our elected officials regarding state overreach and the resulting loss of local control over our planning and zoning authority. Voters from all political parties want state leaders who will fight for them, rather than aligning with out-of-town special interest groups and PACs. And at the town level, residents want leaders who will ask tough questions about academic performance, school construction spending, and our town's position on developer abuse of our affordable housing laws. Simply put, they want to know that there is someone who is advocating for them.

Are you one of those great potential candidates seeking better, and more balanced, representation here in East Greenwich? An important first step, with no obligation at all, is to attend an upcoming candidate training on July 22 at the RIGOP Headquarters at 1800 Post Road, in Warwick. No experience is necessary to run for office, and training and support are provided throughout the process. Please contact me for further details, or to discuss YOUR potential candidacy in 2024. Registration for this training is preferred at If you cannot make this training session, but may still wish to run, please reach out. 

And if you cannot run for office, please consider supporting those who will by donating to our Summer Fundraiser– a big success so far – by giving just $24 to help implement our plans.


Peter Carney

Vice Chair of Candidate Development, EGRTC

Who's Fighting For You? 

(July 6, 2023) If you missed our recent pieces about how your state representative and state senator broke their campaign promises to fight state overreach with regard to planning and zoning, check out our expanded Letter to the Editor which was published today in The Pendulum.

Regarding the Division Road 410 unit development, the next Planning Board meeting will be held on July 19 at town hall, and, according to the EG Director of Planning, Al Ranaldi, the Planning Board chair plans on limiting public comment to the information presented within three outstanding reports (archeological, ecological, and RIDOT report regarding access points from this state highway) or any additional new information not discussed during past meetings. Please don’t hesitate to share your thoughts about how the largest development in the history of East Greenwich will affect our community. This will likely be your last opportunity in which to do so.


Here is an update about the last planning board meeting, where you may also leave your comment:

Your state lawmakers may not be fighting for you, but the EGRTC continues to advocate for you and your family.

"The neighbors don't get to decide."

(June 30, 2023) At the June 21 EG Planning Board meeting, Bill Landry, the lawyer for the Division Road project developer Ned Capozzi, stated, “The neighbors don’t get to decide.” Never was this more the case than now because your State Senator, Bridget Valverde, just voted to approve several affordable housing bills which further erode local control over zoning and planning. Mr. Landry may have been referring to who gets to decide whether another traffic study is done, but it could easily have been the General Assembly’s slogan for this legislative session.


When it was time for Ms. Valverde to win your vote in 2022, however, her approach was entirely different. At the candidate forum last fall, she stated, “I know this is a hot button issue right now because of the proposed development over on Division Road. I absolutely do respect our home rule provisions that we have here in the State of Rhode Island for cities and towns to make their own zoning and planning decisions. Our affordable housing laws have been on the books since the early 90s in some form or another, and, to my knowledge, I don’t believe that anyone has tried to amend those laws yet. If that’s something that the towns that I represent are interested in trying to pursue through the General Assembly, you know, I’d definitely be open to that conversation.” (This forum video, along with the one featuring Rep. Justine Caldwell’s broken promise, can be viewed on our website at Ms. Valverde’ remarks begin at minute 10:33).


One bill which Senator Valverde voted to approve, Senate Bill 1037 (, diminishes local control in the following ways-


If Senator Valverde had been open to returning zoning and planning power to the town, as she stated in the forum, she may have joined Senator Gordon Rogers in his efforts to create a coalition of rural communities seeking better local control over affordable housing laws, and she would have encouraged the EG Town Council to write a resolution to that effect.


A quick look at Senator Valverde’s campaign finance records indicates that much of her funding is derived from special interest groups and PACs from outside of East Greenwich:


When it comes to the health, safety, environment, wildlife, traffic, and quality of life in your neighborhood, our lawmakers are taking away your power to decide. But the neighbors will get to decide on Election Day, 2024. 

Promises, Promises, Promises

(June 25, 2023) If you are concerned about the 410+ unit development on Division Road, you should be aware that Representative Justine Caldwell, who represents East and West Greenwich,  has not kept her campaign promise to fight state overreach of housing/zoning/planning. Last fall, during the candidate forum, Rep. Caldwell stated that she would "go up to the Statehouse in January… and say this actually isn't working for East Greenwich. It’s probably not working for a lot of cities and towns. I speak to people at their doors, I talk to people on the phone about some ideas that we could do to have more local control, and I work very closely with our town council. The idea that we have wrested away local control from East Greenwich is simply untrue.” (Her remarks begin at 29:50 in this video:


You should know that Ms. Caldwell did the opposite of what she promised. She voted to approve House Bill 6058, which amends the current law by actually giving towns less, not more control over planning and zoning. This bill changes the requirement for developments that are greater than 10 units regarding the percentage of units that must be considered affordable. Previously, the law required that 10% of the units be affordable with inclusionary zoning. This law increases that minimum to 25% of the units as affordable. While it is helpful that more units will be built that are affordable, towns will now have less, not more, power to decide whether a developer gets approval. Any state law which establishes “the zoning ordinance shall” or “must be permitted by planning board” is dictating what towns are obligated to do. “Shall” and “must” are not optional terms – they are mandates. This is the elimination of local control – plain and simple.  


Furthermore, according to this bill, once our town meets the state's goal of having 10% of all housing in East Greenwich be affordable, we will still be required to build 25% of all new housing as affordable under inclusionary zoning laws. So, in essence, the total 10% goal set for municipalities is an ever-moving target. In addition, the law states that for every affordable unit that a developer builds, the town must allow them to build two more houses at market rate. Why should the state decide how many units are built in East Greenwich? There may come a time when every farm and large parcel in our town is sold to developers to take advantage of these laws that we have no local power to restrict. 


Senator Bridget Valverde also voted in favor of this bill when it moved to the Senate. And if the East Greenwich Town Council is working closely with Rep. Caldwell, as she stated, then they are not effectively advocating for you either. Ask yourself, are the leaders East Greenwich voted to represent them working in your best interests? Reach out to us at and let us know. And look for future posts about your legislators’ voting records.

School Safety NOW

(April 12, 2023) Introducing School Safety NOW- a non-partisan group of Rhode Island parents, educators, and community members, advocating for school safety. Their mission is to ensure the presence of an armed law enforcement officer at our elementary and secondary schools so our staff can teach and our children can learn without fear for their safety. 

This grassroots organization formed recently in the wake of yet another school shooting tragedy. East Greenwich and Warwick parents met to plan how they could work together to protect our children while spreading this message statewide. 

Please check out their website ( and consider signing the petition. (Please do not donate via the petition platform at this time.) Even more importantly, if you agree with this initiative, please write a brief, but heartfelt, email to your representative and senator so that they will be urged to renew state funding for this purpose. Instructions are listed on their "Take Action" page. We have heard from a member of the General Assembly that boilerplate letters are deleted, so please personalize your message in order to communicate your support. 

Also, please subscribe to School Safety Now on their website to receive updates via email about upcoming meetings and how you can get involved.

Even if you don't have children in our schools, we know that you care about East Greenwich families and teachers. Together we can make our schools a safer place in which to teach and learn now, because tomorrow may be too late.

Division Road 410-Unit Development

The Problems

(March 16, 2023) The 410-unit residential development proposed for Division Road between Westfield Drive and Moosehorn Road by Developer Ned Capozzi is progressing to the next stage in the approval process. The EGRTC is extremely concerned about this development for the following reasons:

Here are some recent articles which explain more about this development:

Proposed Solutions

(March 16, 2023) Senator Gordon Rogers, of District 21 which includes Coventry, Foster, Scituate, West Greenwich, has formed a coalition of rural RI communities which are working together to fight state overreach and developer abuse of our affordable housing laws (

Our Republican candidates for Town Council in 2022 offered other creative solutions to help ameliorate this problem. Although none of our candidates were elected, it is still important to stay engaged and ask your local leaders what they are doing to solve this problem.

What can you do? 

East Greenwich Town Council

Mark Schwager
Council President, Democrat

Michael Donegan
Council Vice President, Democrat

Caryn Corenthal
Council Member, Democrat

Renu Englehart
Council Member, Democrat

Michael Zarrella
Council Member, Democrat

East Greenwich Planning Board

State Senator Bridget Valverde, Democrat

State Representative Justine Caldwell, Democrat

East Greenwich School Building Bond Referendum

Reason #1 to Attend Building Subcommittee Forums: Their Math is Wrong

(March 4, 2023) Option C*, which the subcommittee seems to be favoring, has a price tag of $130M, not the $120M they have been advertising since last year. Apparently their math is wrong, and none of our elected officials, town employees, or even the builder noticed it until we brought it to their attention. This means that the tax impact for this option, which was shared with the Town Council in February, cannot be accurate either. Taxpayers are not being given accurate information about the cost of this project and the impact it will have on family budgets. 

The School Building Oversight Subcommittee has planned two community forums on March 21 & March 30, at 5:30 PM, at Cole Middle School (in addition to PTG meetings) in which they will share the three options* they are considering for the construction and renovation of our schools. Please consider these concerns and make your voice known.

*Please note that the subcommittee has since modified their options and corrected their error, in addition to raising the prices of all options on the table. See Reason #5 for more information. 

Reason #2 to Attend Building Subcommittee Community Forums: Does "Newer and Fewer" Mean Better?

(March 7, 2023)- RIDE's vision for schools is "Newer and Fewer," and it is incentivizing districts to close older school buildings and consolidate students into fewer buildings. The School Building Oversight Subcommittee has planned two community forums on March 21 & March 30, at 5:30 PM, at Cole Middle School (in addition to PTG meetings) in which they will share the three options they are considering for the construction and renovation of our schools. Please consider these concerns and make your voice known:

By June, the School Committee will be voting to approve one of those options, and a bond referendum will be voted on by taxpayers in the fall. NOW IS THE TIME to share your concerns and ask your questions before the impact on your family is irreversible.

Reason #3 to Attend Building Subcommittee Community Forums: The Choice of Colliers Engineering & Design

(March 8, 2023) Did you know that the School Building Oversight Subcommittee chose Colliers Engineering & Design to handle our district's proposed school construction and renovations? Let's take a closer look at this decision:

The School Building Oversight Subcommittee has planned two community forums on March 21 & March 30, at 5:30 PM, at Cole Middle School (in addition to PTG meetings) in which they will share the options they are considering for the construction and renovation of our schools. By June, the School Committee will be voting to approve one of those options, and a bond referendum will be voted on by taxpayers in the fall. NOW IS THE TIME to share your concerns and ask your questions before the impact on your family is irreversible.

Reason #4 to Attend Building Subcommittee Meetings: Timing

(March 11, 2023) Did you know that our School Committee plans to vote on which building/renovation option our district will use by June? That is so RIDE can approve our plans, and the state can prepare the bond referendum that EG residents will vote on this November. Let's look at the issue of timing and how that has affected your ability to have a say in these decisions:

The School Building Oversight Subcommittee has planned two community forums on March 21 & March 30, at 5:30 PM, at Cole Middle School. NOW IS THE TIME to share your concerns and ask your questions before the impact on your family is irreversible.

Reason #5 to Attend Building Subcommittee Community Forums: Cost

(March 14, 2023) There's no question that our schools need work. But how much will the school bond cost your family? Since our message dated March 4, the School Building Subcommittee has already increased its estimates for school construction/renovations, and added some options.

Don't miss your opportunity to have a say about the impact this decision will have on your family budget. The School Building Oversight Subcommittee has planned two community forums on March 21 & March 30, at 5:30 PM, at Cole Middle School. NOW IS THE TIME to share your concerns and ask your questions before the impact on your family is irreversible.