WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The Warwick school committee has put off a decision to close the Veterans High School as part of a consolidation plan.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire a consulting firm to look at the school's long-term needs before taking action.

Several hundred opponents of the plan cheered at a public meeting where the vote was taken.

The proposal came in response to declining enrollment at the city's three high schools. It has met with stiff community opposition at public meetings to discuss it.

School officials have said it would save about $4.5 million by converting Vets high school into a middle school and closing two middle schools. Veterans High School students would transfer to Toll Gate or Pilgrim high schools.

The school committee didn't set a timeline for its next steps.

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