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The North Providence Breeze 07-01-2020

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6 NORTH PROVIDENCE / THE VALLEY JULY 1-7, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION NORTH PROVIDENCE – After the Town Council voted to level-fund North Providence schools, the district is making cuts in several areas includ- ing staffing and technology. Supt. Joseph Goho said nearly $1.3 million will need to be slashed from the school's fiscal year 2021 budget. The district is currently looking at reductions in library and music programs and staffing, he said, and officials have eliminated the human resources generalist position in the central office. The district brought back 15 of the 16 classroom teachers who received layoff notices last month. Goho said these classroom teachers are all needed due to current enrollment numbers. As for other staffing, Goho said officials are "optimistically projecting that there could be fewer students in some buildings next year due to COVID concerns, which may pro- vide us opportunities to consolidate and leave some currently unfilled non-classroom positions vacant for the upcoming school year." In the area of technology, he said the district has deferred updates to various fixed desktop computer labs at the high school and middle school. "We are trying to take advantage of opportunities to save money and defer purchases and projects impact- ed by the COVID situation," Goho told The Breeze. Other examples of cost-saving mea- sures included defer- ring the purchase of a new $100,000 science curriculum that the district had originally planned to imple- ment under a man- date from the Rhode Island Department of Education. Due to the pandemic, the district will not be providing in-person summer school and remediation programs during July and August at NPHS. Teacher professional develop- ment sessions to write curriculum, update assessments and develop units of study have also been removed from the budget because schools must remain empty. The district's new transportation contract will provide a savings of 50 percent of the daily rate during any virtual learning day next year, and Goho said the cancellation of field trips will reap some additional sav- ings. "While the COVID situation pro- vides some temporary opportuni- ties for potential savings, it also will require additional unbudgeted expen- ditures as well," he cautioned. $1.3 million on school chopping block By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer GOHO Place your classified ad online at AFA offering free memory screenings NEW YORK – The Alzheimer's Foundation of America announced that it will be providing free, con- fidential memory screenings digi- tally through its National Memory Screening Program every Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., starting July 8. Screenings will be conducted one- on-one through secure video confer- ence in real-time. Appointments can be made by calling AFA at 866-232- 8484. The free program is open to everyone: there are no minimum age or insurance requirements. Korean War Veterans Association distributing masks PAWTUCKET – The Korean War Veterans Association, Ocean State Chapter 1, has announced that the South Korean government has donated face masks to the U.S. for veterans. Those interested in receiving free masks may call Past Commander Antero (Ted) Martins at 401-864- 5507. Summer Breeze Mother of Hope Camp 1589 Putnam Pike Chepachet, RI 02814 401-568-3580 June 29 - August 14 •Traditonal Camp Activities •Ages 5-12 •Weekly & Daily Options •Affordable Pricing •Special Discounts •Friendly Professional Staff •Secure Online Registration Call us for more information! Registration is now open! Come enjoy our 136 acres of woodlands Live - Learn - Grow ank You for your support! OPEN DAILY 7 a.m.-10 p.m. INDOOR DINING & OUTDOOR SEATING DELIVERY, TAKE OUT & CURBSIDE PICK UP, TOO! 622 George Washington Highway, Unit 70 • Lincoln, RI Family owned and operated 401-333-1593 Open Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Online ordering for pick available at and delivery available on DoorDash VALID DINE IN, OUTDOOR SEATING OR PICK UP ORDERS. ENTIRE GUEST CHECK Valid at participating IHOP locations listed above only. DINE- IN ONLY. Not valid with delivery, any other specials, discounts, senior programs, or on Holidays. Limit one coupon per party. No cash value. Does not include tax and gratuities. Void if copied, photographed, scanned, reproduced, digitally or altered in anyway. ©2018 IHOP Restaurants LLC. IHOP COUPON 20% OFF Save 20% on your entire meal. (Regular price menu items only) Valid Anytime excluding holidays. Offer expires7/31/2020. Lincoln, RI location only.

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