Budget Commission Advances State Aid Again For $12 Million

Move allows school department to pay all vendors, pending Commission approval.


The Woonsocket Budget Commission voted to advance $12 million in state aid to Woonsocket Schools from 2013 this morning at City Hall, allowing the district to pay its current creditors at the cost of next year's education funding.

Officials said that while the move solves the immediate problem of unpaid vendors, it also makes balancing the city's future budget harder.

Commissioner Peder Schaefer said the move would take the pressure off the commission, but RI Director of Revenue Rosemary Booth Gallogly and Council President John Ward, also a commission member, said they didn't see it that way.

Gallogly said she saw it as an opportunity to make sure the school department's vendors got paid, but the funds would still come out of the town's state aid for April, May and June of FY 2013, which they'll have to budget for.

Schaefer said that would put the FY 2013 deficit at $13 million, but Ward noted it would be more like $15 million, and that's only if the city freezes cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for retirees. Ward said the move actually adds pressure to the board's task.

Superintendent of Schools Giovanna Donoyan suggested that the first vendors to be paid from the state aid advancement should be tuition based vendors, such as St. Mary's School of Cranston and Northern Rhode Island Community Health Services.

City Finance Director Thomas Bruce said all the schools' vendors would be paid, now it's just a matter of when. Also, he said, the Commission will sign off on each check.

The Commission also voted to postpone a decision on recalling another four teachers, which would bring the total number of educators recalled from layoffs to 67. Commissioner Dina Dutremble said the Commission would have better information on whether the city could afford to offer the four teachers positions by Thursday.

dead in the water June 26, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Even though this article doesn't mention it, I just want to say that we need to eliminate all teachers, police and firemen to fix the budget. We just can't afford education and public safety any longer. Eliminate everything.
Smart one June 27, 2012 at 01:55 AM
I hope the Sexy Saturday Dance Party never gets eliminated. Am I right??? She get it pop it lock it drop it, That birthday cake, Got a candle, need to blow that ... Somebody call 911 Shawty fire burning on the dance floor Woo.
Russell Archambault June 27, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Russell Archambault June 27, 2012 at 09:39 PM
@ DEAD you cant eliminate everything, what the hell is wrong with you, there's always going to be something left.
dead in the water June 27, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Sure you can, russ. Woonsocket is a very safe city with absolutely no crime or fires. And teachers? Please! These kids are brilliant here. Plus, I want to shut off EVERY street light and close all the parks. We must cut, cut, cut!!! What's wrong with me?!? What's wrong with you, bro?!? If you're not with us, then you must be against us!!!
TaxIsland June 27, 2012 at 11:36 PM
dead in the water June 27, 2012 at 11:43 PM
What's "unreal" is the spending, bro! Cut it all!
la_mouffette June 28, 2012 at 01:27 AM
When something is dead, don't try to have a conversation with it, Russ =)
la_mouffette June 28, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Sean Kingston?! Where am I? Is it 2009??
Pineapple June 28, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Hi. Pineapple here again. Are you people gonna eat me or what? Sheeeeeeesh!!! I'm delicious! Dig in!
Edward Scissorhands June 28, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I like the sound of that!
Cal Cuttah June 28, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Yes,cut it all.
Tommy Tutone June 29, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Mmmmmm,I wanna eat pineapple. You are soooooo good! All this talk about cuts makes me wanna cut up some pineapple right now and just nom,nom,nom eat it.


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