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The Valley Breeze & Observer 05-10-2018

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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©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON Mom ALANA BLAKLEY gets a hug and some roses from her daughter, KALEA BLAKLEY, 5, at the end of the Playschool graduation exercises at Smithfield High School on Monday morning. See more photos on page 17. Thirty years ago, a request to edu- cate one's children at home was rare enough to make front page news in the local paper. Today, school boards approve a list of requests toward the end of their meetings, often with no questions asked. Over the past 15 years, the number of homeschooled students in Rhode Island has risen by some 42 percent, from 857 students statewide in 2002- 2003 to 1,466 students in 2017-2018, according to statewide data provided to The Breeze by the Rhode Island Department of Education, in response to a records request. And with that increased popularity of homeschooling has come a wider public acceptance of the alternative education method, say area home educators. Some of the largest increases in homeschool populations are in north- ern Rhode Island, where: • Cumberland has seen a jump from 30 students 15 years ago to 70 students today. • Pawtucket has gone from 29 homeschooled students to 76 stu- dents. • Woonsocket's homeschool popula- tion has increased from 35 students to 99 students. • Lincoln has gone from nine stu- dents to 37 students. • Scituate has seen an increase from By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor At home with teaching Homeschooling grows in popularity See HOMESCHOOLING, Page 8 Proud mom moment SMITHFIELD – Adeline Schwartz is Smithfield High School's Class of 2018 valedicto- rian, and classmate Ryan Lane is salu- tatorion of a class of 158 students. Schwartz, daugh- ter of Steven and Gail Schwartz, will attend Brown University in the fall on a pre- medical track and will study Spanish and studio art. She said she hopes to become an osteo- pathic physician. Lane, son of Raymond and Katelyn Lane, will attend Boston University, also pre-med, study- ing biochemistry. He said he is interested in gene expression and DNA-tailored medicines. Passion for learning earns SHS students top spots By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze and Observer Staff Writer LANE SCHWARTZ See SHS, Page 6 SMITHFIELD – The Town Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an additional $25,000 to the proposed fiscal year 2019 budget to help pay for a financial director, a role that has been left unfilled since Randy Rossi moved from the posi- tion to town manager. Rossi was Smithfield's financial director for nine years prior to accepting the role of town manager last August, and had constructed his proposed budget without including a finance director. He said working as both the financial director and town manager is fun, and he's never bored. "It's the first year that I could actu- ally build it but also do the inner workings of it, so make the decisions to build the end result," he said. "It's nice to have that kind of control for it. It's worked out in my mind as a no-tax-increase budget." The Town Council ultimately passed the $81.6 million budget Tuesday, and it will now be brought to the voters at the Financial Town Meeting on Thursday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at the Smithfield High School auditorium. Resident Al Costantino proposed funding the finance director position by using the $72,000 for the deputy treasurer budget, effectively creating Smithfield Town Council passes budget, adds funds for finance chief By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer See BUDGET, Page 13 Serving Smithfield, Scituate, Foster and Glocester FREE MAY 10-16, 2018 (401)949-0180 Family Owned Since 1926 $100 Off Any New Boiler or Tankless Water Heater Call NOW to take advantage of the Energy Rebate Program LIC. #RIMP882 Specializing In: • High Efficiency Gas Boilers • Tankless Water Heaters • Ductless Mini Split A/C Systems • Boiler Maintenance and Repair CALL NOW TO SCHEDULE YOUR YEARLY GAS BOILER & FURNACE MAINTENANCE Barbara A. Scanlon Broker Associate ABR, CPDE, CRS, e-PRO, PMN, SRES Home Office: (401) 949-1689 Licensed Since 1985 RE/MAX Town & Country GREENVILLE NEW LISTING! Mint condition 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath Colonial, first floor family room with access to private patio/rear yard, hardwood floors, 2 car garage, updated kitchen, baths, heat, electric, hot water. Minutes to highway, shopping and recreation. $369,900 See our Senior Living Guide inside! See our Senior Living ©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. © ADOBE STOCK Fitness for Seniors published by Senior Living Guide published by published by Senior Living Guide Living Guide Living Observer THE VALLEY BREEZE &

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