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Schools hand in $66.6 million budget

August 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — The School Department and state Department of Education on Thursday handed the Budget Commission an updated 2012-2013 budget for local schools of $66.6 million that represents a $3.3 million reduction from earlier projections for the department.
The changes resulting in the projected reduction include the elimination of about 18 teaching and support staff positions, the closing of the Fifth Avenue Elementary School and the movement of $561,000 in capital spending out of the school budget.

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Monument gets spruced up; city ready to respond

August 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Just in time for another round of public scrutiny, the World War I monument at the center of a simmering constitutional feud with a Wisconsin atheist group has gotten a makeover worthy of prime time.
The once-disintegrating masonry has been restored, the brass plaque bearing the names of the war dead has been professionally spiffed up, and the cross at the heart of the dispute gleams whiter than ever.

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Vose aids in high school makeover

August 2, 2012

WOONSOCKET — When students return to Woonsocket High School on Aug 29 they are going to find some areas of school to be brighter and newer looking thanks to the help of a local business.
Chet Chomka, the manager and owner of Vose True Value Hardware at 849 Cumberland Hill Road had made a point of letting local schools know about the True Value Foundation's “Painting a Bright Future” grant program last fall. Chomka was thrilled to learn earlier this year that Woonsocket High School was among 100 schools selected nationwide to win the award of 40 gallons of paint under the program.

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