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The North Providence Breeze 4-3-13

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2 NORTH PROVIDENCE APRIL 3-9, 2013 | valley breeze | north providence edition Breeze's online coupon NORTH PROVIDENCE* McDONALD'S offers begin this week COME IN TO YOUR AND SAVE APRIL 1ST-15TH WITH THESE VALUABLE COUPONS! FREE Ice Cream Sundae or Cone with any Happy Meal® Purchase LINCOLN – Blackstone Bicycles in Cumberland is taking 10 percent off a tune-up, Karen's Kitchen in Smithfield has half-price breakfast specials on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the Big Bear Bait & Tackle in Harmony is offering a free cup of worms to the first 30 customers. These discounts are three of the two dozen or so coupon deals, exclusive to The Valley Breeze, featured in the launch of our new Breeze Coupons this week. The list of businesses participating is varied, ranging from 30 percent off any Country Store product at Pepin Lumber in Woonsocket, to $5 off your tab at Spicolli's Bar and Grill in Albion, or a year of free hearing aid batteries from Twin River Hearing in Smithfield. Find a link for all of them on our webpage, valleybreeze.com or type in breezecoupons.com . Better yet, sign up to receive weekly mailings of our new e-mail newsletter, Breeze Updates, with links to top news stories of the week. Online coupons by The Valley Breeze was launched April 1 through a partnership with The Deal Current Network to provide exclusive offers on a variety of products as well as services, such as Salon de Nichole's half-off keratin treatment in Cumberland to three free group lessons at Rhode Island Pilates in Lincoln. Breeze Coupons is coordinated by New Media Sales Manager Nathan Green, who said the coupon page "is a great way to discover new local businesses and find great savings." Advertisers and readers may reach him at nate@valleybreeze.com . School Committee approves $1.58 million budget increase By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH *Available only at 1920 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence, RI Valley Breeze Staff Writer meghan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – Technology upgrades have a "significant" place in the 20132014 budget approved by the School Committee Monday night, representing $616,560 of the $48.1 million total. The budget is approximately $1.58 million more than the current budget, a change of 3.414 percent. Of the $48.1 million budget, $14.76 million is expected to come from state aid, and $32.4 million from the town. That appropriation represents a $707,415, or 5 percent, increase from the state, and a $1.18 million, or 3.8 percent, increase from the town. Finance Director John McNamee presented the budget to the full School Committee on March 27, and all six members but Donald Cataldi were present on Monday to unanimously approve the budget without changes. McNamee said that while the district has more than 100 wireless access points live now, the technology plan looks to add another 150, hopefully over the summer, in preparation for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, which requires students to take the standardized test online. Among the technology budget line items are classroom tech upgrades for $231,450, computer hardware for $150,000, and software for $16,760. There is $400,000 budgeted for capital expenditures: $80,000 for a facilities assessment study, and $320,00 for fire code and security upgrades. Salaries, transportation and out-of-district tuitions make up the largest portions of the budget, McNamee said. Salaries and associated costs are budgeted at $26.85 million, with benefits totaling $10.2 million, representing 38 percent of the salary budget. Purchased services, including tuition to charter schools and special education services, as well as contract services and insurance, totals $7.3 million. There has been $2.1 million budgeted for transportation. The school district's maintenance and repair line items should save at least $53,000 from the merger with the town maintenance department, McNamee said. j. joy ' s su gar shack 401-353-3805 MENTION THIS AD AND BUY ONE PIECE OF PASTRY, GET ONE PIECE OF PASTRY FREE! (of equal or lesser value) D elci scrat m ade i ous ch cust novel y cakes,dessert om t s, past es,cupcakes,handm ade ri candy and M OR E! Please let our advertisers know that you read about their products or services in The Valley Breeze Newspapers. 1910 Smith St., N. Providence Unit 15, second floor, handicapped accessible jjoyscakestudio.com jjoyssugarshack@aol.com 401-353-3950 1 FREE INTRODUCTORY LESSON with this ad New Students Only

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