Woonsocket to keep school open, receivership still looms
Posted: 8/9/2012 9:59:55 AM
Updated: 8/9/2012 10:08:25 AM
As receivership still looms over Woonsocket, the school committee voted against closing a local elementary school Wednesday night even though the move could have saved the city thousands.
The Fifth Avenue elementary school is the citys oldest school dating back to 1917 but the building is in violation of several fire codes which could cost the city over $2 million to correct.
The districts superintendent recommended the school be closed to save money. It is estimated that if the school were closed the city would save $198,000. The budget commission will vote on the measure Thursday evening.
Tom Bruce, Finance Director for the city of Woonsocket, told the WPRO Morning News with Tara Granahan and Andrew Gobeil that the citys deficit is so large that the only really solution is concessions from unions and retirees and instituting a supplemental tax increase. The nearly 13% supplemental tax increase was sent back to committee by the General Assembly at the request of Woonsocket Representatives Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Jon Brien.
The budget commission has indicated that it is going to have to go back to the General Assembly in the January February time and ask for their consideration, said Bruce.
As the city struggles to stay above water Bruce noted, Receivership still is out there as a possibility.Dee DeQuattro | WPRO News
(8/13/2012 11:56:05 AM) |
How unfortunate that your writers don't familiarize themselves with Woonsocket's issues before attempting to write "news." The vote to close the school was overridden by the Budget Commission the following day, as predicted by The Valley Breeze right after the meeting.
(8/9/2012 3:44:45 PM) |
Let it the city go into receivership. No one wants to make sacrafices. Shame on the School Committee and shame on the unions. Sure shutting the school down doesn't solve the problem but every bit helps. I feel sorry for the citizens of Woonsocket..
|- Glad I don't live in RI.|
(8/9/2012 3:30:08 PM) |
Drive through Woonsocket. It's old, tired, rundown, depressing and defeated by the unions and city officials. If I could,, I would leave.
|- michelle dalton|
(8/9/2012 12:32:38 PM) |
Why don't they just go bankrupt? Oh, that is right, the unions run Woonsocket, it would affect them. The elected officials really have no say, they just do as they are told by the unions. If they actually cared about Woonsocket, this school whould have been closed to save money. Time to vote these union bozo's out.
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