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NS school board member resigns over budget dispute

February 26, 2014

NORTH SMITHFIELD – The town’s ongoing school budget dispute appears to have caused an elected member of the School Committee, George Hemond, to tender his resignation effective Saturday.

Town Administrator Paulette Hamilton reported Hemond’s brief letter of resignation from the five-member committee, citing the budget dispute, was received at Town Hall earlier this week.

“He indicated that he didn’t feel he could do any further good because of the deterioration of the situation,” she said.

The Town Council and School Committee have been at odds over a reported deficit in the current school budget of $470,000, and have fallen into heated debates over potential resolutions when joint meetings have been held on the topic.

Hemond had at times “attempted to mediate the differing opinions,” Hamilton said. Hemond could not be reached for comment about his resignation Wednesday evening.

Full story appears on page A1 of Thursday's Call.

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