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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-13-2019

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4 CUMBERLAND JUNE 13-19, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION CUMBERLAND – A series of budget maneuvers by Cumberland school and town officials has erased most of a previously projected $1.6 million shortfall there, preserving positions and programs. Supt. Bob Mitchell told the Town Council during a first budget approval last Wednesday, June 5, that there was a lot of brainstorming and trying to find ways to balance the budget. The council granted first passage to Mayor Jeff Mutter's $102 million budget plan last week, voting a sec- ond and final time to approve it on Monday. The big-ticket budget fixes to the school side of the budget, which had been $1.6 million short after a level- funding $70 million education bud- get plan from Mutter, were: • Including $355,000 in Rhode Island Department of Education reimbursements for school facilities work over the past few summers, allowing the restoration of middle school sports, all school counselor positions, and the funding of two of three world language positions at the middle schools. • Using $200,000 in the School Department's fund balance savings, which Mutter noted includes one- time expenditures from designated literacy money and capital improve- ments, not undesignated savings. Schools are spending a total of $725,000 from reserve funds to bal- ance the 2019-2020 budget. • And $300,000 in savings on special education costs. Mitchell said these savings in out-of-district tuitions were the "most surpris- ing and beneficial" in addressing the schools' bottom line. Special Education Director Rachel Santa noted that students are not being moved back into the district for budget savings, but for their own benefit. Mutter also agreed to increase the town's estimated tax collection rate by 17 hundredths of a point for the first quarter of collections, the maxi- mum allowed, for another $110,000 in projected revenue to balance the budget. School officials were still talk- ing about a funding gap of about $400,000, but said there are a num- ber of options available to them to further reduce that. The biggest unknown in the coming year, said School Committee Chairman Paul DiModica, is on health care costs. Other school budget fixes include eliminating an in-school suspension position at McCourt Middle School as well as two central office posi- tions. An original plan to eliminate 10 kindergarten teachers' aid posi- tions has been halved, so five will be put back in the budget. A preschool director position won't be filled under a plan to have a certified staff member fill the gap. School officials are hoping to end the year with significant money left in this year's budget and hope to use some of that money to restore more positions. Mitchell said school officials heard from their constituents and were happy to put most positions back in the budget. Answering Councilor Lisa Beaulieu's question about why so many layoff notices were sent out when it was clear entire departments wouldn't be laid off, he again reit- erated that it was based on advice from the schools' attorney based on a worst-case scenario. School attor- ney Stephen Adams stands by his recommendation, he said. Beaulieu had previously suggested that so many layoff notices were sent to fire up students and parents and get them out to budget hearings. Because of Cumberland's unusual unsynchronized budgeting, this year's spending plan won't become final and impact tax rates until next spring. Mutter noted that there are many things officials can do between now and then to address what is currently a tax levy increase of 3.93 percent. "Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good," he said, emphasizing again that this is not a budget crisis. The mayor said he's apprecia- tive of what school officials did to address their budget, saying it allows the town to proceed with his two- year plan to wean the budget off of $1.7 million in spending from its surplus funds. He emphasized again that this is not a budget crisis, but could become one if the town keeps spending significant surplus funds for the next two or three years. DiModica said the schools will be OK under the revised budget and will "worry about next year later." Mitchell said school leaders and staff will keep moving the district forward, and this budget allows the district to continue with its good academic progress without taking backward steps. Officials did a good job of reallocating existing resources to help fill gaps, he said. School and town officials are now beginning the process, at Mutter's request, of coming to some sort of agreement to include each other in the collective bargaining process when new employee contracts are being hammered out. Budget changes nix Cumberland school cuts By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor got a news tip? Call 401-334-9555, ext. 122 Or e-mail it to The article "Magical creatures seek new home as fairy tree cut down in Lincoln" that ran in the June 6 edi- tion of The Valley Breeze incorrectly named Kevin Bedford as Kevin Bradford. CORRECTION LINCOLN PUBLIC SCHOOLS LOAN OF TEXTBOOKS TO NON-PUBLIC STUDENTS Lincoln residents whose children attend non-public schools are eligible to borrow the following textbooks for the 2019-2020 school year: Science, Math, Modern Foreign Language, English/Language Arts and History/Social Studies. Return and ordering of books will be held at the LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL June 17, 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Fees will be assessed for damaged books and must be paid before new books are issued. Borrowers of books that are not returned will be charged the replacement cost and will not be issued books unless replacement costs have been paid. Late applications that require the ordering of new books may not be honored. The textbook request form is available at departments/business-office/ Please provide the complete title, 10 or 13 digit ISBN, author, publisher and copyright date. Books must be on the current state list of approved books www.ride. TextbookSearch.aspx Textbooks for the 2019-20 school year will be available for pick up on the following days at the LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL August 20, 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please email Dawn Nault at Lawrence P. Filippelli, Ed. D., Superintendent of Schools Michael's Meats Family Owned and Operated Since 1972 This Week's Specials Good From Thursday, June 13 TH -Wednesday, June 19 TH , 2019 Find out what's on sale at CUMBERLAND 2130 Mendon Road, 401-305-5555 FResh PRODUce FROM OUR Deli HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; (Wed. closing at 6 p.m.); Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. GEORGIA SWEET CORN SATURDAY SPECIAL SATURDAY, JUNE 15 TH , 2019 only. TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY SPECIAL TUES. & WED., JUNE 18 TH & JUNE 19 TH , 2019 only. FRESH, GRADE A, ALREAD TIPPED & SPLIT CHICKEN WINGS CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF ROUND SHAVED STEAK $ 3 .99 lb. $ 2 .49 lb. FRESH, GRADE A, ALREADY TRIMMED & SPLIT CHICKEN CUTLETS FRESHLY GROUND, NOT TO EXCEED 18% FAT LEAN GROUND CHUCK OR PATTIES $ 3 .99 lb. CHAIRMAN'S RESERVE, ALL NATURAL BABY BACK PORK SPARE RIBS FRESHLY SLICED, BOAR'S HEAD VERMONT CHEDDAR CHEESE $ 3 .77 lb. RUSSER BAKED VIRGINIA HAM $ 3 .99 lb. $ 5 .99 lb. $ 12 .88 lb. CERTIFIED ANGUS DELMONICO RIBEYE STEAK SWEET, SOUTHERN PEACHES SWEET VIDALIA ONIONS WHOLE SEEDLESS WATERMELON FRESH EXPRESS, 12-OZ. ICEBERG GARDEN SALAD 99 ¢ ea. $ 2 .88 lb. 99 ¢ lb. 99 ¢ lb. 6/ $ 2 .99 $ 3 .99 ea. FRESHLY SLICED BOAR'S HEAD, BLACK FORREST SMOKEMASTER HAM $ 7 .99 lb. $ 4 .49 lb. FRESHLY GROUND, NOT TO EXCEED 12% FAT LEAN GROUND ROUND OR PATTIES MICHAEL'S CHICKEN TERIYAKI STICKS $ 3 .99 lb. TRI-COLOR PASTA SALAD $ 2 .99 lb. ALL BEEF, 14 OZ. PKG. FENWAY FRANKS $ 3 .49 ea. ALL MEAT, 14 OZ. PKG. FENWAY FRANKS $ 2 .99 ea. TOWN OF CUMBERLAND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Town Council of the Town of Cumberland, pursuant to the provisions of Article IV, Section 409 of the Home Rule Charter of the Town of Cumberland will consider for adoption the following ordinances entitled: #19-20 – An ordinance suspending funding to the Open Space Account #19-21 – An ordinance regarding the Fund Balance Policy #19-22 – An ordinance amending the code of ordinances relating to Deputy Chief of Police and Captains compensation plan and the executive salaries ordinances Notice is further given that said Ordinance will be considered at a public hearing of said Town Council at the Cumberland Town Hall, Council Chambers, 45 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., at which time and place all persons may be heard. Individuals Requesting Interpreter Services For The Hearing Impaired Must Notify The Town Clerk At 728-2400, Ext. 138, 48 Hours In Advance Of Hearing Date. PER ORDER CUMBERLAND TOWN COUNCIL Sandra M. Giovanelli, Town Clerk

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