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The North Providence Breeze 04-17-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 17-23, 2019 NORTH PROVIDENCE 3 NORTH PROVIDENCE – As the town prepares to open two state-of- the-art elementary school buildings this fall, school officials are doubling down to ensure that the town's pub- lic schools are only serving North Providence residents. A total of 127 residency inquiries have been conducted so far this school year, compared to 132 con- ducted last year throughout the entire school year. Addressing the School Committee last month, Residency and Truancy Officer Thomas Masse said 35 stu- dents have been withdrawn from the district as a result of inquiries that have been investigated thus far, com- pared to 38 who were withdrawn last school year as a whole. As an example of a recent resi- dency inquiry, Masse said it was revealed that a student was living out-of-district and that as a result of the investigation, the other district assumed that student's busing and tuition costs to the tune of more than $7,000 per month. Another investigation done in tandem with the North Providence Police Department revealed that two more students were not living in North Providence. The school district petitioned the Rhode Island Department of Education for a resi- dency hearing, during which RIDE ruled in their favor. This case result- ed in a savings of more than $15,000 a year, Masse said. School Committee member Charles Pollock asked for the discussion to be placed on the agenda at last month's meeting after the committee was told in March that there were a few chil- dren in the district whose parents had forged residency documents. Pollock said the notification "got me thinking about how many other incidences of this there are." "With two new schools coming into play, I think this is a good time to send a message that we're not going to tolerate people who do not live in town and aren't approved to go to our schools," Pollock said. He said honing-in on residency issues was first and foremost about "looking out for the children of North Providence." If a class is at- capacity and one of the students is not a resident, Pollock said it's not fair for a town resident to miss out on the opportunity to take that class. Beyond that, he said it's about pro- tecting the taxpayers. Supt. Joe Goho agreed that with two new elementary schools set to open, "we want the message out there that we will be vigilant with residency issues." Masse is currently investigating 20 residency cases. Though he said his partnership with the police department has been "excellent," Masse said the number of residency inquiries has gone up, and that he expects the trend to con- tinue with the new schools. Asked by Steven Andreozzi wheth- er Masse's case overload was related to the bogged down court system or lack of manpower, Masse said his workload has risen with the number of residency and truancy issues. On the topic of truancy, Masse said the number of those cases has also increased. A student is considered truant under Rhode Island law when he or she purposely stays away from school without parent/guardian per- mission. Students who miss school with permission can also be consid- ered truant at the discretion of the administration. Masse has filed 28 petitions so North Providence experiences rise in residency, truancy cases By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com See RESIDENCY, Page 6 IN BRIEF 'With two new schools com- ing into play, I think this is a good time to send a message that we're not going to tolerate people who do not live in town and aren't approved to go to our schools.' CHARLES POLLOCK North Providence School Committee Easter egg hunt moved to this Saturday NORTH PROVIDENCE – An Easter egg hunt originally planned by the North Providence Mayor's Youth Commission for last Saturday, April 13, has been rescheduled to this Saturday, April 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Notte Park off Douglas Avenue. The Youth Commission revived the hunt this year after members remembered how much they enjoyed it as children. Youth commissioners will be volunteering at the event, includ- ing running games. The event will include the egg hunt, raffles, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Families participating in the April 20 Easter egg hunt should bring their own basket or bag to put the eggs in. NPHS Class of 1959 announces reunion NORTH PROVIDENCE – The North Providence High School Class of 1959 will hold a 60-year reunion on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Kirkbrae Country Club. The reunion committee is still searching for some classmates. Those who have not received a notice or know of someone who has not received a notice are asked to contact Marie DiDonato Fournier at mfournier2@verizon. net. Head Start is now recruiting for All Head Start Options for families that live in Johnston, North Providence, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Burrillville, Foster, Glocester & Scituate. We offer Home Based services for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers! We offer Part-Day and Full-Day options for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers! We offer a State Pre-K option for children who reside in North Providence. Children must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2019. Families can download an application or apply online for State Pre-K at: http://www.ride.ri.gov/InstructionAssessment/EarlyChildhoodEducation/StatePre-K For information on Head Start contact Holly Audette (401) 519-1979 or haudette@tricountyri.org For information on all Tri-County Services please go to our agency website tricountyri.org 31 Dexter Rock Road, Lincoln, RI "Great Course, Great Value, Great People" Discover the Best Value in Private Golf 30% OFF Dues for New Members * *Restrictions apply. See website for details http://www.lincolncountryclub.com BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP • Well maintained, challenging 9 hole design • Award winning golf professional, Bruce MacDonald • Well stocked, competitively priced Pro Shop • Great Restaurant in Tomaselli's at Lincoln Country Club

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