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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-27-2019

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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2 WOONSOCKET NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 4, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET WOONSOCKET – A proposed new charter school has withdrawn its application to open in Woonsocket in the 2020-2021 school year, citing a need to "revisit all options" before opening the new school. Nuestro Mundo submitted an application to the Rhode Island Department of Education earlier this year to open a bilingual K–8 charter school in the city in fall 2020. The school, according to its application, would serve 138 students in its first year of operation and meet a need for education in both English and Spanish. The proposal drew swift opposi- tion from School Committee mem- bers, who warned it could draw off as much as $8.1 million in state aid in its first five years of operation. Supt. Patrick McGee asked state lead- ers to look at the financial cost of new school when con- sidering the applica- tion. Last week, the Rhode Island Department of Education confirmed the charter school had withdrawn its application prior to a meeting by the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education to consider the proposal. In an email to The Valley Breeze, Joseph Maruszczak, the current Mendon-Upton superintendent who would serve as executive director of the new school, said the group withdrew the application in order to revisit options regarding its location before submitting another applica- tion. "Our application group decided to withdraw the application group for the Nuestro Mundo Public Charter School because we want to revisit all options, including various locations across the state, to start our learning community," he said. "As you know, there is a critical need for dual-language immersion programs across the state, not just in Woonsocket." Exact location within the city was one of several factors left undecided in the application. Though city offi- cials have no authority to shut down the new school, thanks to an ordi- nance passed during a debate over a different charter school – RISE Prep Mayoral Academy – the City Council maintains the authority to approve or deny any municipal or state use of a building within the city. Under state law, the school can resubmit the application for a dif- ferent year, a course of action Maruszczak said he and other school founders plan to take. According to Megan Geoghegan, spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Education, the school will have to restart the process of public com- ment and consideration. "(Nuestro Mundo's) co-founder, Katie Cardamone, and I are very confident that with this thoughtful pause, we will resubmit a proposal that will be even stronger, and our innovative school will become a reality in the near future," said Maruszczak. Proposed charter school withdraws application to 'revisit options' By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer Next week: Meet the faces of Christmas Our annual Christmas in the Valley section will be hitting news- stands next week, and we're really excited about how it came out. In this year's edition, we've focused on some of the people who have delivered Christmas as we know it to the Blackstone Valley area for many years, giv- ing credit to the faces that make Christmas so special in these parts. Get a full rundown of the events and experiences these volunteers put on. Christmas in the Valley is one of our two main holiday editions, following our popular Gift Guide. Our great advertisers make these editions possible, so we hope you'll consider shopping with local merchants this year. As you prepare to share Thanksgiving with your family, we want to wish you all peace and blessings this holiday season. As always, thank you for read- ing. - Ethan Shorey Editor, The Valley Breeze MARUSZCZAK GREAT VALUE QUALITY SERVICE 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika 2008 TOYOTA RAV 4 FWD, Loaded 80K miles ............................... $ 8,295 Now Offering On-Site Bank Financing Westlake Financial WE BUY CARS 2008 FORD EDGE 2003 BUICK LE SABRE Loaded, 153K miles ........................... $ 4,495 97K miles, loaded ........................................... $ 3,295 Take the next big step in joint replacement. Step 1: Get a joint replacement procedure. Step 2: Go home the same day. Introducing same-day joint replacement procedures that help patients recover from the comfort of home with no overnight hospital stay, thanks to the partnership between Ortho Rhode Island's first-class orthopedic surgeons and state-of-the-art technology at the South County Health Orthopedics Center. Learn more at or call for an appointment: 401.777.7000 Partners in Orthopedic Innovation +

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