Public school officials in Warwick have sued the city, claiming the district is underfunded.
The lawsuit filed Friday in Superior Court by the Warwick School Committee asks for a $4.9 million increase in funding for the 2018-2019 school year. School officials say the budget isn't enough to meet regulations or support contracts. The current budget is $164.7 million.
According to the suit, an outside audit found that the district was underfunded.
The complaint is supported by the Caruolo Act, which allows a district to sue if it believes a budget approved by a municipality isn't sufficient.
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City Council President Steven Merolla says the district budget is more than enough. Other critics say the district can use money it saved from school closings to support new costs.