December 15th, 2011
WOONSOCKET â€“ There was yet another dose of sobering financial news for the School Department yesterday as Finance Director Thomas M. Bruce III informed officials that its local appropriation of $13 million is exhausted, about a month earlier than last year.
The school department is still due some $4.7 million a month from state and federal sources for the balance of the fiscal year, but Bruce said the depletion of local funds could translate into a cash crunch when salary payouts for teachers and other bills are due.
WOONSOCKET â€” The School Committee named Anita McGuire-Forcier as its new chairwoman last night on a 4-0 vote.
Vimala Phongsavanh was named vice-chairwoman also on a 4-0 vote.
Veteran School Committeewoman Eleanor Nadeau, the longest-serving member of the panel, abstained from both decisions.
WOONSOCKET â€” A spending freeze, a hiring freeze and the termination of the Feinstein Learning Academy for disruptive students are at the top of Schools Supt. Giovanna Donoyanâ€™s list in a plan ordered by the stateâ€™s revenue director to eliminate a $2 million-plus deficit in the School Departmentâ€™s 2011 budget.
Donoyan submitted the plan yesterday to State Revenue Director Rosemary Booth Gallogly and state Auditor General Dennis Hoyle, in keeping with the deadline laid down by the state officials during an emergency meeting Monday.