Woonsocket Schools Invite Ninety Eight Teachers To Re-Apply For Jobs

Results of today's job fair hinge on Budget Commission approval.


The Woonsocket Budget Commission hasn't decided whether to call back 98 laid off teachers invited to apply for open positions at the school department today.

The teachers have been asked to attend a job fair at today at 4 p.m., said Roxanne Cary, executive vice president of the Woonsocket Teachers Union. Cary said there are 52 positions that are open for the 98 teachers. Kathleen Lombardo, human resources director for Woonsocket Schools, said the number had been reduced from 104 due to attrition.

Budget Commission Chairman Bill Sequino asked Woonsocket Teachers Union President Jeff Partington if they could postpone the job fair for two weeks until the Commission had more information on next year's budget, particularly the status of the currently stalled legislation . But Partington said the job fair would give the school department valuable information about which positions would need to be filled. He explained that the open positions might be filled by teachers who have not been laid off, so the nature of open positions may change. The job fair would also provide reasonable assurance of a position for many laid off teachers, saving the city unemployment claim costs. The job fair, required by contract to happen in the first week of June, is already overdue. Partington offered to make the job fair results contingent on the Budget Commission's approval.

Sequino asked for that in writing, which Partington wrote up on the spot using his laptop and signed for the Commission. Cary said if it takes two weeks to decide whether to call the teachers back, they would need access to the city's schools during the entire summer to prepare for the fall properly on such short notice.

Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan said she would make sure any recalled teachers got that access.

Sequino said the disposition of the supplemental tax authorization bill would play a big role in deciding whether they staffed any of the 98 positions. Cary said failing to staff at least 52 of the positions would result in either classes with no teachers, or possibly boosting class sizes to more than double current number of students.

Cary said class sizes now stand at 25 students at the elementary schools, 28 at Woonsocket Middle School and 30 at Woonsocket High School. Already, she said, Woonsocket schools class sizes are in line with the largest in the state.

The compromise between the union and Budget Commission was negotiated after long minutes debating the need for and funds available to pay the positions with Woonsocket Schools Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan.

Commission member Peder Schaefer asked if the school budget would be enough to pay for the other 42 positions.

"Sir, we need those people," Donoyan said.

"You've got to answer my question," Schaefer said. He asked again if the school department could afford the other 42 positions.

"No sir, we cannot," Donoyan said.

Later in the meeting, Lombardo told Schaefer the school department couldn't run on the 400 teachers currently employed by the district.

"I understand that, but there may be no district if we don't get this straightened out," Schaefer said. Donoyan said she wanted to make sure every student had a teacher in front of them.

"Even if you can't pay them?" Schaefer asked.

The Comission tabled the decision on whether to call back the teachers.

Sequino ended the meeting strongly urging Donoyan and the Woonsocket School Committee to hire someone to sort out the department's finances. He noted that Donoyan had not had the answers the Budget Commission needs to straighten out the city's finances during meetings. 

"First and foremost, we need someone to put the budget back together," Sequino said.

Still Hope June 12, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I like this guy ^
Still Hope June 12, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Comparing your personal finances with a city's school budget is a little naive. I hope your mortgage company and creditors don't decide to call your notes and debts. I'm assuming you purchased your home with someone else's $.
Sly June 12, 2012 at 07:18 PM
still hoping for what, The tooth fairy.Your naive.What part are you misunderstanding.DO NOT SPEND WHAT YOU DON'T HAVE.Do you understand. All my own money,wouldn't have it any other way.unlike yourself.Weak and very naive.You just don't want to listen.Out with Batman,Robin,and the SC.Never assume you will be wrong as always.You really need to change your name. Just saying.
LEXINGTON GREEN June 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Sly, with that type of resume & excitment I would suggest you join the WTC as soon as possiable. Ther's a meeting thursday night@ 6:30 PM @ the old Taft Pierce Bldg @ Woon Ind Complex. The City needs your input.
John June 12, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Sly, You need to know the facts not make assumptions on rumor and hear say. As I stated the school is at the Basic Education Plan, the bare bones, there is nothing left to cut. The Woonsocket School children are not getting the "Cadillac of Education". They were forced into submitting a budget they knew wouldn't work and if you were paying attention they tried to warn City and State Officials.
LEXINGTON GREEN June 12, 2012 at 07:32 PM
TU John, just trying to pass on some stats so some people can understand what's happening. All my statements are backed up by true facts. The hole truth and nothing but the truth so help me god. LMFAO
Sly June 12, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Been to a few but keeping quiet for now,I intend to run for a seat on either the Council or SC.Everyone will find out who I am soon enough.Out with old in with the new. I will make changes in this city,I guarantee it.
LEXINGTON GREEN June 12, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Hey Sly, take a pill. I have no idea what your talking about? Watch out in regards to your statements, ya never know when you will bump into the human being you trashed. I do agree with some of your statements thou. As far as getting rid of the Mayor, Council Pres and the rest of the Council, step forward and start the process yourself why don't you? Talk with no action is the same as they are doing. Just flappin their pie hole.
Sly June 12, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Hey active,I have an assumption we're in a hole.Is that accurate or am I wrong.I think I've been around long enough to see what happening.We DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE IN THIS city TO PAY TAXES OWED.Is that assumption also wrong. Take a hike.
LEXINGTON GREEN June 12, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Sly, keeping quiet is not in the best interest of the City, Citizens or you. By speaking out as I do very often at the Council meetings you get their attention. When you say intend, it's a very weak statement. Say I will be running for city council or school committie. Bold statement Quote, I will make changes in this city, I Guarantee it end quote. Can't get elected sitting on the bench, ya must get in the game, get it?
Still Hope June 12, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Still hope that our city will return as beacon of pride and respect. Still hope that our community will work toward a common goal. Still hope that Patch posters will shed their aura of self-righteousness. Sly, you don't seem to have a grasp on the basics of public financing. The city does not get a check on then see what they can buy with it. Budgets are made based on need, contracts, programs, and goals. I would challenge you, Sly, or anyone else with an opinion, to pick apart the budget and recommend some cuts or consolidations.
Sly June 12, 2012 at 07:57 PM
hey activ,Thanks for the english course today.You are quite the teacher.Everyone out here is weak.Its nice out here that someone is alway's correcting someone.Once again thks for the class..
John June 12, 2012 at 07:59 PM
The people you should be blaming for this mess are our State Reps. They seem to get off Scott Free but they are the ones that voted for an Education Funding Formula that would hurt all Urban Communities and benefit the richer communities. Do you know Judge Flanders gave Rep. Jon Brien a job in Central Falls as the City Prosecutor? I bet Brien can't wait to sink our city to pay Flanders back by getting him in here as our receiver!!
LEXINGTON GREEN June 12, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Yes it's Accurate. I was born in Woonie 60 years ago and I know the political game really well. I agree with you on the down turn in population. We have less good tax paying people and more free loaders. As far as taking a hike, you seem to be very angry & have an ugly disposition towards your fellow humans. And by the way Sly, being so well connected to the people & city govt, as I am, you should not attempt to run for any office in this city. We don't need people like you with your disrespect towards other humans. Because of people like you, other people who would like to make comments on this site don't bother. Please, take a HIKE. LMFAO
Sly June 12, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I was unawear of that,Thanks for the info.I was wondering why he was missing from the House Chamber last night.I guess I know where he was.Thanks
LEXINGTON GREEN June 12, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Thank you for your dispensed compliment Sly. Your illuminated way of explaining facts is quite entertaining to say the least. You demonstrate a formulated plan to dispense your own opinion in regards to City Business. Do you feel you need to make fun of people to get heard? If you funneled your demonstrated direction towards solving the problems the city is now facing, we would all be better off in the long run.
Tommy Tutone June 12, 2012 at 08:38 PM
A lot of blame being circulated around here.Actually,the whole thing started back in 2008 with the financial crisis on Wall Street.It's been trickle down pain and a lot of weakness in the City's finances have been exposed since then.Welcome to the new normal.
Russell Archambault June 12, 2012 at 08:55 PM
STEVE; thanks for your post about Donoyan article. i wish i was as savvy as you on the internet. i would take over the world. can you find her so called expertise or work experience. and is the school budget or proposed also on the internet. thanks
Steve June 12, 2012 at 09:35 PM
For all of you Teachers Union supporters who say there’s nothing left on the bone to cut, and are now in the infamous “Name Calling” mode, you need to take a good hard look and what’s on with the bone before you think there’s nothing left to cut. Fact: over +80% of the School Budget is labor related expenses! Here’s an interesting link you may want to check out: http://oceanstatecurrent.com/research/woonsocket-teachers-receive-4-7-million-in-raises-and-bonuses-in-current-contract/ Fact: Cuts made over the last several years are made to non-labor related expenses, so as to inflict as much pain into the system and draw as much response from the parents and students as possible to support the Union stance! Look at the Bacon and Edge audit posted below, and you’ll see serious cuts that can and should be made, but in the normal WED and School Committee way of thinking, nothing has been done. http://www.ci.woonsocket.ri.us/WED%20Performance%20Audit%20Final.pdf
Steve June 12, 2012 at 09:36 PM
This report clearly details how to cut approximately 2.5 to 3 million dollars from the WED budget, but no, this information got filed in the circular file! Oh, and how about the 15 sick days that are detailed in the contract details below? Is this realistic when the teachers work approximately 180 days? Especially when over 75% of the teachers take the full 15 days and then rely on subs to take over the classes? How much does this cost the WED when looking at the bottom line? These benefits need to brought in line with something that actually comes from this planet! Unbelievable! Contract Details: http://woonsocketschools.com/StaticDocuments/Contracts/Teacher%20Contract%202010-2013-N.pdf To say there’s nothing left on the bone to cut, is really underestimating how big the bone is right?
Marc Beauregard June 13, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Poor Steve. Still stuck in the mailroom at Textron?
Mike Kind June 13, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Mr. Lamarre is incorrect. Dr. Donoyan's compensation is $150,000 per year per Woonsocket Call Article dated 8/15/2011.
Steve June 13, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Is this the best response you have? Sad to say the least! Have fun with your third grade class next year or maybe you'll be one of the 50+ extras that the WED can do without............ Judging from the response, I would go with the latter!
YUP! June 13, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Teachers have 15 sick days because they are not allowed to participate in RI's TDI system.
English first June 13, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Instead of 56 negative comments on this one story how about a few of you with all the answers put a positive comment on these stories from the Patch: Mount St. Charles Announces Top Awards at Academic Convocation and Graduation Seniors Earn 100 Accolades At WHS Awards Night Minors Girls Softball Closes Undefeated Season Woonsocket High Salutatorian: Hailey Kadisevskis Woonsocket High Valedictorian: Justyna Pietrus Local Student Wins Foreign Language Scholarship Woonsocket Career Center Students Earn SkillsUSA Medals Woonsocket Students' Research On Display Today Pothier Named Charitable Recipient of Greenway Challenge Mount St. Charles Pops Concert Draws Big Crowd Science Fair Winners Present At School Committee Meeting Thanks to all the contributors for these informative, positive stories.
Tommy Tutone June 13, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Bunch of part-timers that couldn't make it in the real world.
Jerry June 13, 2012 at 01:56 AM
People keep wanting the city to go into bankcruptcy. Do the taxpayers really understand what that means? It means we can't afford to pay any taxes on our houses, cars, water, sewer, trash. Also, where is the city going to get the money to pay $400 per hour for a receiver? Are the taxpayers stuck with Rep Baldelli's lack of figures? Just check out what is cost Central falls to pay the receiver. And by the way, let's not forget how POLITICS ARE PLAYING INTO THIS. If you think for one minute, human feelings play into this deck of cards, we are all stupid. Rep Baldelli wants to run for Mayor? Oh please, just stay beautifying social ocean!!
Marc Beauregard June 13, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Sorry "Steve" didn't mean to strike a nerve.
Mike June 13, 2012 at 11:08 AM
Are you truly as clueless as you come across, Sly? Nice job, Steve and Activist--good to see some facts and logic admidst the debris of the uninformed.
Sly June 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Yes I'm Clueless.


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