NORTH SMITHFIELD â€“ The townâ€™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 Hemondâ€™s brief letter of resignation from the five-member committee, citing the budget dispute, was received at Town Hall earlier this week.
â€śHe indicated that he didnâ€™t feel he could do any further good because of the deterioration of the situation,â€ť 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 â€śattempted to mediate the differing opinions,â€ť Hamilton said. Hemond could not be reached for comment about his resignation Wednesday evening.
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