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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 09-20-2018

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | SEPTEMBER 20-26, 2018 CUMBERLAND 3 School board votes 4-3 to extend contract with PR firm CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland School Committee last Thursday narrowly voted to extend the district's contract with Martin & Associates Management Consulting, a move questioned by one member of the board. Amy Goggin, who is not seeking to retain her school board seat in this year's election, said at the meet- ing that she's "not sure this is the best vendor to go with" for communication services, based on a "variety of reasons" going back nearly two years. Martin & Associates, headed by president and CEO Justin Martin, hired Tina Fogell, Cumberland School Department's human resources director, as senior vice president and chief operating officer over the summer. The company, which specializes in strategic communications, pub- lic affairs, education management, legal services and human resources, counts most of its clients as public and private school systems, several of those in northern Rhode Island, as well as municipal governments and nonprofit organizations. The firm also helped run Jeff Mutter's successful mayoral campaign this year. Goggin said she was "not comfort- able with the timeline" of a vote in September, saying she asked about what was going on with the contract in July and again in August, only to be told there was a "misunderstand- ing if it had to be renewed." Finance Committee Chairman Paul DiModica, who along with member Steve Hess voted with Goggin against the contract, said the original pact with the firm "contin- ued inadvertently without the School Committee's permis- sion" beyond July 1. Martin & Associates will work on promoting an upcoming November school bond refer- endum as well as other ongoing tasks, including produc- ing Supt. Robert Mitchell's "Bob Talks" videos, said DiModica. He noted some confusion among fiscal sub- committee members about "exactly what we're getting" with the service from the company. School Committee Chairman Ray Salvatore, along with members Mark Fiorillo, Karen Freedman and Bill Dennen, all voted in favor of the extension, which instituted a $75-per-hour cap, not to exceed $19,200 total through the end of the year. The increase was tied to the bond referendum. "My team is pleased to continue its work with the School Department," said CEO Martin in a statement Tuesday. "We enjoy working with the School Committee, the super- intendent and the leadership team in the district-wide effort to improve school-to-home com- munications." Goggin later explained to The Breeze that she's made it known a number of times that she doesn't think the School Department, with many professionals on staff who are paid well to communicate on a daily basis, "needs a communications firm to communicate" on its behalf. She said she hasn't been entirely satisfied with the services the company has provided to the school district, and doesn't believe the firm provides anything the schools couldn't do on their own. Salvatore said Tuesday that he believes the services from Martin & Associates are worth the money, saying he's had good experiences with the firm. He said he especially likes that Martin and his team are so attentive and quick to respond when there's an emergency or a fast press release that needs to go out. "I've had no problem with them," he said. Asked about Goggin's assertion that paid professional educators should be able to communicate on their own, Salvatore said he agrees with the idea, "but they also have By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com other responsibilities that they were hired for." Martin & Associates has been pro- viding communications services to the Cumberland School Department since early 2014. GOGGIN DIMODICA HESS MARTIN MICHAEL'S MEATS Family Owned and Operated Since 1972 This Week's Specials Good From Thursday, September 20 TH -Wednesday, September 26 TH , 2018 Find out what's on sale at www.Michaels-Meats.com CUMBERLAND 2130 Mendon Road, 401-305-5555 FRESH PRODUCE FROM OUR DELI HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. RED OR GREEN, SEEDLESS GRAPES JUMBO SWEET ONIONS 5-LB. BAG, ALL PURPOSE, EASTERN WHITE POTATOES $ 7 .99 lb. FRESHLY SLICED, BOAR'S HEAD OVEN GOLD, OVEN ROASTED TURKEY BREAST SATURDAY SPECIAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 ND , 2018 only. 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