WOONSOCKET â€“ A new approach to hooking up commercial and retail tenants with downtown rental spaces will be spearheaded this weekend by NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley.
â€śThe Woonsocket Main Street Open Houseâ€ť is â€śfirst and foremost an effort to fill vacancies,â€ť said Ainsley Cantoral, director of resource development for NeighborWorks, a private, non-profit agency in the city.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The School Committee will consider recalling another group of laid-off teachers tonight at 5 in the Hamlet Middle School as it wraps up work on staffing for the coming school year.
The panel laid off 59 of its teachers in February to reserve leeway for making staffing changes that might be required in finalizing next yearâ€™s budget. The School Committee has already rehired 36 of the teachers during earlier committee action leaving 23 still on layoff.
The state Budget Commission running city affairs also approved the recommended earlier recalls.
WOONSOCKET â€“ Amid a looming cash crunch, city officials are once again floating the idea of a state takeover of city schools as a way through the fiscal morass.
But Dave Abbott, the deputy commissioner of education, all but closed the door on a Central Falls-style takeover of the Woonsocket Education Department.
In an interview, Abbott gauged the chances of the Rhode Island Department of Education taking of the WED as â€śvery slim.â€ť