Conclusion of this report: The Elementary Consolidation Committee recognizes that the closing of schools is an emotional issue. We respect the fact that parents, students and teachers have strong connections to their schools. But due to declining population, school consolidation is the responsible and right thing to do. We spent six months researching, analyzing, and studying all available data from SMMA, along with discussion and analysis of current data to reach our recommendations. The driving factors were safety, costs to upkeep or upgrade the school, proximity to other schools, and travel time (busses) to schools. The Warwick School Department is committed to utilize the cost savings to improve and expand course offerings and opportunities for all students. Our community wants a better school system and this is a big step in that direction.