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The North Providence Breeze 11-13-2019

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NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 THE VALLEY / LETTERS TO THE EDITOR 9 Mayor Lombardi responds to Pallotta letter This letter is in response to Chairman Pallotta's editorial dated Nov. 6. It is quite obvious that the School Department has no intention of utilizing the town's resources to assist them in handling the school's finances. I could not agree more with Chairman Pallotta's state- ment that the School Finance Department should be properly staffed with highly qualified people to handle their daily operations. This is exactly the reason why I offered the town's assistance. I did not feel that it would be prudent to hastily hire a new finance director to simply fill the position as they previously did. Regarding my previous statement that the School Department does not have any business sense: • The actual number of people working in the school administra- tion office has increased, at the cost of an annual salary of $68,000 plus benefits. The newly created posi- tion, comptroller, in my opinion, duplicates the duties and respon- sibilities of the finance director. The School Department now has a finance director, a comptroller and a controller. • As for copy machine savings of $50,000, it would be nice to learn the amount of the lease payments, before the savings. The town's annual cost for all departments except for the School Department is $15,000. • The savings generated by redis- tricting in the amount of $60,000 was a joint effort between the town and School Department. The Construction Committee suggested that the school refrain from hiring a consultant because the School Department never budgeted for that expense. • As far as the $50,000 savings for the high school principal position, while I truly appreciate the super- intendent's willingness to assist the two assistant high school principals, the superintendent's new salary of $161,000 more than illustrates the town's appreciation. It is natural for one to ask why it took so long to appoint the assistant high school principal as principal. • Chairman Pallotta stated that the School Department was level- funded. In the current fiscal year, the School Department received an additional $300,000 appropria- tion from the Town Council and my administration along with an additional $1.4 million increase in state aid. • Supt. Goho stated, "The interim finance director will depart after a brief and appropriate transition." This transition will cost $600 per day for the interim finance direc- tor and $430 per day for the new director resulting in a total daily cost to the taxpayers of $1,030. • As far as the hiring of the for- mer finance director, Chairman Pallotta was also part of the selec- tion committee. Chairman Pallotta solidifies my position by stating, "The closing of Marieville Elementary School and the building of the two new elementary schools on budget and on time is a prime example of when all branches of government work together for the good of the community." However, he failed to acknowledge in his editorial that it was the mayor's office that chaired the Building Committee. In addition, the town also assists the School Department with their com- munications, building maintenance, automotive repairs, fuel, and field maintenance. As mayor, I am completely aware of the School Department's auton- omy. However, it is the mayor and Town Council who are responsible for funding our school system along with questioning financial inefficiencies when they arise. While I applaud the School Department's financial savings, I must remind Chairman Pallotta that it is our responsibility as elect- ed officials to find savings whenev- er possible to provide our taxpay- ers with the best possible services, especially in education. This response is intended to pro- vide our taxpayers with accurate and valid information. CHARLES A. LOMBARDI Mayor of North Providence IN BRIEF Sojourner House's 9th annual Masquerade Ball Friday PROVIDENCE – Sojourner House's 9th annual Masquerade Ball will return to the Graduate Providence (formerly Providence Biltmore), 11 Dorrance St., on Friday, Nov. 15, from 7 to 11 p.m. This year the House is recreating Moonlight Serenade, the song com- posed by Glenn Miller. Join for a 1940s-inspired affair that will feature entertainment by The Hasbro Band Toys to Men and the Extraordinary Rendition Band. The event will be emceed by LuLu Locks, and will offer heavy hors d'oeuvre, swing dancing, a cocktail hour and a cash bar. Rhode Island Food Fights will once again host a cake competition featur- ing cakes created by local bakeries and inspired by the event's theme. A host of celebrity judges will be on hand to select the winner of the cake competition. Judges include Trinity Repertory Company's Joe Wilson Jr., NBC 10's Barbara Morse Silva, Local Songstress and Former Eat Drink RI Partner Katie Kleyla, YELP RI's Michael Plourde, Granny Squibb's Kelley McShane, and Narragansett Beer's BJ Mansuetti. Miss Kitty Litter will also be joining to host the live auction. All proceeds from the event will go directly toward supporting Sojourner House's programs and services dedicated to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. For more information, or to pur- chase tickets, visit sojoball2019.event- brite.com . Center for Independent Living will host Lunch and Learn Workshop Nov. 21 PAWTUCKET – Ocean State Center for Independent Living will present a Lunch and Learn Workshop om Thursday, Nov. 21, from noon to 2 p.m., at its 175 Main St. location. The topic for the workshop is "What Is Pace?" The presenter will be Devosha McCray. Advance registration is required. Call 401-738-1013 or email heather. schey@oscil.org . Seating is limited. A lunch of pizza and beverages will be served. A sign language interpret- er and CART has been secured. Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor are welcome from readers. Please: • Limit to 500 words. Longer letters may appear online only. • Letters on local or state topics and issues will take precedence over those on national issues. • No more than one letter per person every 8 weeks, please. • All letters must be signed and include a hometown. 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