An­other school closed in War­wick af­ter sev­eral teach­ers call in sick

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WAR­WICK (AP) — An­other school in War­wick has can­celed classes af­ter a large num­ber of teach­ers called in sick amid on­go­ing con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Classes at Vet­er­ans Ju­nior High School were can­celed Wed­nes­day. On Fri­day, Pil­grim High School was closed.

School of­fi­cials are again blam­ing a "sick­out" by teach­ers. Darlene Net­coh, pres­i­dent of the War­wick Teacher's Union, says that "there's no of­fi­cial union sick-out."

The can­cel­la­tion comes af­ter the union on Tues­day an­nounced a unan­i­mous vote of "no con­fi­dence" with Su­per­in­ten­dent Philip Thorn­ton and School Com­mit­tee Chair­woman Bethany Fur­tado.

Net­coh says they hope the vote will en­cour­age ad­min­is­tra­tors to act in the best in­ter­est of stu­dents and re­turn War­wick to its for­mer higher level of ex­cel­lence.

Thorn­ton says any sick-out hurts kids and does noth­ing to set­tle the con­tract dis­pute.

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