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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 5-9-13

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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MAY 9-15, 2013 Serving Cumberland and Lincoln FREE Breeze The valley MUSTER drumming down on the farm Local students take part in Civil War re-enactment. PAGE 19 Legend's Creek Farm in Foster home of 'Gay Gourmet.' LIVING @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers With council approval, fire consolidation dispatched to Statehouse Flying high at LHS Final draft expected to be before General Assembly next week Valley Breeze photo by Elise Manahan Everyone was working up a sweat at Lincoln High School as they celebrated Physical Education Week through a variety of special fitness activities. Last Thursday, students had the opportunity to learn how to climb a rock wall brought to the school by the Rhode Island National Guard. The school reported more than 250 students tried climbing the wall. Students also watched a fencing demonstration, learned about healthy snack and meal planning, took a zumba class and more. More photos on Page 18. Lincoln pays top tuition for charter schools By MEGHAN KAVANAUGH Valley Breeze Staff Writer LINCOLN – Lincoln taxpayers pay more to send students to the Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy than do taxpayers of the other three sending districts, Cumberland, Central Falls and Pawtucket. And the inequity will grow larger once the state funding formula is fully implemented. For example, Lincoln will be paying $4,000 more per student based on today's numbers than Cumberland. Data provided from the Rhode Island Department of Education shows that in the current school year, tuitions for Lincoln students attending charter schools totaled $12,855 for those who do not receive free or reduced price lunch, and $14,171 for those who do. The state picks up 37.9 percent of the cost, so the local Lincoln appropriation is $9,566 per child. Looking at the other districts' costs, RIDE calculations provided to The Breeze state that in See TUITION, Page 25 A w ard W i ng nni M om s! H appy M ot s D ay her' f rom Carol& L i sa aM O N TA G N E R eal Estate 300 Front St., Lincoln 724-8660 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. By MARCIA GREEN Valley Breeze Editor CUMBERLAND – The General Assembly's legal right to summarily dissolve Cumberland's four fire districts remained a question for some at mid-week as the town's officials awaited the final draft of the legislation that proponents say will unify this town's firefighting services. State Rep. Karen MacBeth of Cumberland, who expressed hesitation late last week over the emerging plan, told The Breeze Monday she's seeking the advice of a lawyer. macbeth pearson But once convinced it's legal, she said, she'll be on board with consolidation legislation even though she's hearing some residents express concerns about future fire tax bills. "I will respect the 2010 ballot question and act on the wishes of the voters," she said, referencing the town's See FIRE, Page 24

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