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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 02-15-2018

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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CUMBERLAND – A contract with former Cumberland High School Principal Donna Charlton, obtained by The Valley Breeze this week, shows that Charlton was not entitled to be paid beyond when she left the position – if she was leaving of her own free will. Under a section titled "resigna- tion," a voluntary departure by Charlton meant all obligations of the district would be erased "other than any obligations with respect to earned but unpaid salary and ben- efits through the date of termination or expiration." The contract doesn't mention pay- ing Charlton beyond the date of her departure if she left voluntarily. School officials have said Charlton resigned from the district to pursue her doctorate. They have declined to release a separation agreement with the former principal, say- ing it is not a public record. The contract pro- vided this week states that if Charlton was fired for cause, she would receive only the money earned to that point. If her employment was terminated without cause, she would be entitled "to any and all compensation due and owing for the remaining term of the agreement." If the sides reached a mutual agree- ment that Charlton's employment should be ended, she would only be entitled to receive pay earned to that point, according to the contract. The pact with Charlton called for her to receive $114,000 in salary, Charlton contract called for no pay if she left voluntarily By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor CHARLTON See CHARLTON, Page 12 BREEZE PHOTO BY CHARLES LAWRENCE First-place winner in the Cumberland District Spelling Bee is ESTELLA DELMORO, right, an 8th-grader at North Cumberland Middle School, and on left is third runner up AUDREY LAMBERT, a 4th-grader at Garvin Elementary. The district bee was held at Cumberland High School on Tuesday. DelMoro will compete in the state finals in March. See story on page 11. Murray says school leaders hid surplus Salvatore demands apology, cites 'serious concerns' with mayor CUMBERLAND – Mayor Bill Murray is accusing school officials of intentionally hiding a $313,514 bud- get surplus for last year. The mayor says that for at least part of that amount, Business Manager Alex Prignano was instruct- ed by the School Committee not to show the money as surplus. He theo- rizes that school officials feared town leaders would take the money back in this year's budget if they knew about the surplus. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor See SURPLUS, Page 4 Cumberland's top spellers compete ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Serving Cumberland and Lincoln Breeze THE VALLEY FREE FEBRUARY 15-21, 2018 CALL TODAY FOR NEW PATIENTS SPECIALS Celebrating 17 Years Providing High Quality Dental Care • Client Centered Customer Service and Convenience • Evening & Saturday Appointments • Network Provider for Most Dental Insurances • Senior Citizens Discount • Payment Plans Available Clear Braces – Bridges – Root Canals – Crowns – Veneers Implant Restoration – Partials – Dentures – G10 Whitening – Digital X-Ray 490 High Street, Suite One, Cumberland, RI 02864 • 401-722-2699 • Nos Falamos Portugues | Se Habla Español Dr. Paulo J. DaRosa D.D.S 1985 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI Thinking of Selling Your Home? Results are important! Call one of the area's Top Producers For A Free Market Analysis And Truly Remarkable Service Call Dave Serpa (401) 639-2351 Cell Presidents Circle Award Recipient RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE

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