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The North Providence Breeze 05-01-2019

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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A reinforced state prohibition on school districts charging students for field trips is causing concern locally, where administrators worry that it might severely limit an important aspect of students' educational expe- rience. In an April 10 memo to the East Greenwich School Department, out- going Commissioner of Education Ken Wagner offered the official opinion that districts can't charge students to go on field trips. "For all intents and purposes, it eliminates field trips in a district the size of ours," said Pawtucket School Committee Chairman Jay Charbonneau, who added that school officials in that city have had only pre- liminary conversa- tions about how they'll handle the situation. That sentiment was echoed else- where in northern Rhode Island. In North Providence, Supt. Joe Goho said he thinks the guidance from RIDE has good intentions behind it, "but may also have unin- tended consequences." Schools warn field trips could be on the chopping block By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See FIELD TRIPS, Page 4 GOHO VALLEY BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE REBECCA BATESON and her son, ANDREW, of North Providence, enjoy kayaking at Notte Park in North Providence Monday evening. See more photos on Page 14. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Mayor Charles Lombardi says he doesn't intend to give local schools the funding they're asking for, say- ing education leaders should have seen their current situation coming. School officials are asking the town for an increase of $1.14 mil- lion in next year's budget, say- ing it will help offset an expected decrease in the amount of money the School Department has received from the state over the last five years. While school leaders are turning to the town to help plug holes in their budget formed by the drop in state funding, Lombardi said the dip in state aid is not a surprise, and that he's not likely to support the town picking up the tab. When the Rhode Island Department of Education imple- mented a new fair funding formula in 2014 to be more equitable in its education aid to communities, Lombardi expects to level-fund schools By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer Magill named principal at NPHS Piccardi retires, Donovan moves to Centredale NORTH PROVIDENCE – Christen Magill is the newly promoted principal of North Providence High School, effective July 1. She has served as assistant principal of NPHS since 2007, previously working in the building as a teacher for eight years. By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer MAGILL See PRINCIPAL, Page 8 See FUNDING, Page 6 Peaceful paddle THE NORTH PROVIDENCE ©2019 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. A Valley Breeze Newspaper THE NORTH PROVIDENCE Breeze FREE MAY 1-7, 2019 Wills & Trusts Estate Planning & Settlement The Law Office of George M. Prescott Esquire Rhode Island does not have a procedure for the certification or recognition of specialization by lawyers. 300 Front Street Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865 Telephone – 401.726.5577 No fee for initial consultation. Our Uplifting Environment and Special Approach to Alzheimer's and Dementia Care have created a Quality of Life You Simply Can't Get Anyplace Else.

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