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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-07-2019

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10 IN OUR SCHOOLS FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER | SMITHFIELD SCITUATE FOSTER GLOCESTER teacher, one reading teacher at the middle school, one custodian, and one social worker. Paolucci said the district needs to notify any staff that may be affected, so the non-renewal list is longer than what is on the budget. "The budget is not yet complete. Our draft budget relies on a 4 per- cent increase in the town appropria- tion, which is yet uncertain, as the Town Council has not yet indicated what level of support they will be advocating for," she said. Even with a 4 percent increase in town appropriation, Paolucci said the 2020 budget will still be less than the 2019 budget. "If we get even 1 percent less of an increase in the town appropriation, we will need to cut an additional $316,000, which would most likely come from salaries and benefits, as we have cut many other types of expenditures already," Paolucci said. The proposed budget currently sits at $39,929,128, with $32,944,920 in town appropriations, and $6,205,689 in state aid. The 2019 budget of $39,936,077 has more funding than the 2020 in every way except town appropriations, which is $1,267,112 less than what is being asked this year. Committee member Richard Iannitelli said he regrets needing to make the cuts and hopes it is only a temporary action. "At this point, it is just a procedur- al thing. Not anything final. It has to be done at this juncture," Iannitelli said. Committee member Kellie-Ann Heenan said that the budget process is "very disheartening." She said the committee is cutting the same roles in music that they fought to get not so long ago. "It's extremely frustrating and disheartening. It's really horrible. It doesn't feel good," Heenan said. Paolucci said some of the positions on the non-renewal list were tempo- rary on a one-year basis and others were cut due to reorganization. She said one teacher is being served a non-renewal notice to retire to a part-time position. Also, two part-time cuts were for temporary positions, a paraprofes- sional and a McCabe teacher, and an additional two non-renewals are for one-year positions for teachers who were on leave. Paolucci said several names added to the list for reorganization received the correct certification and non- renewal notices will be revoked. Poalicci noted that many districts have been adversely affected by the new Rhode Island Department of Education funding formula. "The unpredictability has remained for many districts the biggest prob- lem of the formula," she said. Smithfield joined other districts, including North Kingstown, to write a joint resolution regarding the state education funding formula. "You've got it, I'll sign it right now," Chairwoman Rose Marie Cipriano said. NOTICES From Page One EMMA ABT, of Foster, was named to the fall 2018 semester's president's list at Dean College. The Western New England University chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society induct- ed NICOLE BRYANT, of Chepachet, who is majoring in Computer Science. JENNIFER BELISLE, of North Scituate, was named to the presi- dent's list at The State University of New York at Potsdam, for the fall semester 2018. SARAH BAIN, Class of 2021, of Smithfield, was named to the dean's list at Bucknell University during the fall semester of the 2018-19 aca- demic year. Johnson & Wales University stu- dent, COLE SCOTT, of Chepachet, a counseling psychology major in the John Hazen White College of Arts & Sciences, has been named to the dean's list for the fall 2018 term. Oregon State University named MICHAEL R. IANNUCCILLO, of Smithfield, to the Scholastic Honor Roll Fall term. EVAN J. DEBASSIO, of Smithfield, has made dean's list at the University of Rhode Island. ERIK BRENNER, of Smithfield, has been named to the dean's list for the fall semester at Eastern Connecticut State University. 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