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The Valley Breeze & Observer 5-23-13

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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Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester MAY 23-29, 2013 FREE Observer the valley breeze & Perfect season! Business is Cooking Smithfield High School lacrosse team finishes undefeated. PAGE 15 Jamie Oliver's home sales company makes a home in Pawtucket. LIVING @ "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers Council's escrow decision disrupts school scheduling, teacher recalls Rock around the school By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent BReeze photo by Elise Manahan Nationwide Diesel Technologies director of training Ed Mowry reflected in a sideview mirror on the truck. SMITHFIELD – Variously terming a recent Town Council decision "bizarre," "baffling," and "a stunner," members of the School Committee said on Monday that the council has thrown local education into a financial limbo that threatens to disrupt planning for the start of classes Aug. 27. The school board voted to ask the council to rescind its May 14 decision that would put $450,000 of next year's school budget into escrow, pending the results of a performance audit to determine whether the School Department makes the most efficient use of its money. Committee members said the escrow decision, if upheld at the Financial Town Meeting June 13, would put the council in a position to deny schools all of the additional money. With that possibility on the horizon, they said, it's impossible to make budgetary deci- Million-mile trucker logs 40th year in instructor's role By GERRY GOLDSTEIN Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent   SMITHFIELD – It's not your usual classroom, considering that its major components aren't 18 desks and a blackboard, but 18 wheels and a 500-horsepower engine. And then there's the teacher: a mustachioed Vietnam comSee MOWRY, Page 10 valley breeze & Observer photo by david wuerth Music took over Gallagher Middle School last Friday evening during the school's Wolfpack Players performance of "School House Rock Live Jr." Student Alex Ianuzzi, 13, playing Tom Mizer, dances during the opening scene with fellow cast members. See more photos on page 19. Dr. Scott B. Klimaj NORTH PROVIDENCE SM ITH FIELD/ GREENVILLE 6 54-410 0 2 33-8 96 6 1818 M i neralSpri Ave. ng sions, including whether to call back all of the 17 teachers who have received layoff notices for next year. Supt. Robert O'Brien said that to make up the $450,000 if it were withheld, he would not be able to recall seven of the laid-off teachers. He also expressed concern about whether 1.4 proposed new teaching positions considered critical at O'BRIEN the high school could withstand such a cut. The council has not said it would actually withhold the money, but according to President Alberto LaGreca Jr., the escrow decision would allow that. The council's decision to escrow the funds came during last week's pubic hearing on the entire, $63-million municipal budget. The council endorsed Town Manager Dennis Finlay's recSee ESCROW, Page 9 Anderson Winfield Funeral Home 375 Putnam Pi ke Sun.- Thurs., 11AM - 12AM ;Fri & Sat.11AM - 1AM . Dental care for the entire family. GREENVILLE MEDICAL CENTER 7 Smith Avenue, Greenville Accepting New Patients 949-3200 7 $ 99 ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. CARRYOUT ONLY Route 44 at Greenville Common Greenville, RI 02828 (401)949-0180

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