Woonsocket School Committee Votes First Passage Of $69.8 Million Budget

All four members present approve document, second passage to be scheduled.


The Woonsocket School Committee voted for first passage of their draft budget totalling $69,850,000 tonight.

School Committee Chair Anita Forcier-McGuire was not present because she and Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan are attending a conference. The remaining members unanimously voted for first passage.

The next step in the process, said Committee member Chris Roberts, is second passage, which could happen as early as Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. That vote will be strictly pass/fail, he said. Any needed changes discovered now will be included as an amendment.

"What we had last year was unrealistic," Committee Vice Chair Vimala Phongsavanh said. Earlier Wednesday, City Finance Director Thomas Bruce echoed her assessment. He said the current budget is a much closer estimate of the true cost to operate the school department than the one the city's been working with so far. Last year's budget was set at $59 million.

Phongsavanh commended her fellow Committee members for their hard work over the last few weeks to comb through the budget line by line. She also praised department leaders. "The directors did work very hard on getting us accurate numbers," Phongsavanh said.

John May 24, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I should also mention the conference was only a day and a half.
Linda May 24, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Regardless of who paid for it, where it is or for how long, this Superintendent is submitting her first budget at a time when we are on the brink of receivership and she thinks it more important to be out of town. This is an insult and yet another slap in the face to the tax payers from this woman.
Russell Archambault May 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM
TO ALL; I still cant over this conference. somebody needs to show mr how wrong I am about being so angry about this. 70 million budget and these two are on vacation somewhere. total insult to the taxpayers.Anita Forcier-McGuire you madame are a total disgrace. there is no conference in the world that is relevant to you ! you can fool some people but you cant fool me. the only way I would back off from you , if the entire school committee supported you ! you need to fully explain to the taxpayers what purpose this conference was important to you. can you do it with a straight face ?
DonQ May 24, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Vimala, Are you by any chance a very wealthy person? As a member of the School Committee it seems like all you know is spend, spend, spend! You obviously don't care that there are going to be people who will be going without food and/or life saving medications because of your desire to steal money from the taxpayers. You obviously don't care that there are going to be people who will loose their homes because of your desire to steal money from the taxpayers. Do all of us in Woonsocket that have to pay the bills tow favors. One - don't ever run for office in this city again. Two - get out of this city. You have destroyed too many lives because of your spend, spend, spend attitude.
DonQ May 24, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Forcier-McGuire and Donoyan wanted to waste taxpayer money so they can get ideas on how to pad the WED budget even more next time around. They are trying to figure out how many more lives they can destroy in this city.


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