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N. Smithfield Town Council lays out plan to avoid school dept. cuts

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NORTH SMITHFIELD, RI -- Cuts to school sports and activities could be spared.  

The district is facing a nearly $470,000 deficit and cuts seemed like a sure thing, but Monday night the Town Council voted on a proposal that would fund sports programs and activities for the spring semester.

The council came up with the four page proposal during the executive session portion of Monday's meeting.

It grants the school district $190,000 to be used for sports and activities.

"We don't want to see these kind of cuts take place by the same token we have a responsibility to all tax payers in town to make sure that there is fiscal accountability and transparency," said John Flaherty, Town Council President.

Before the council voted on the plan about a dozen people addressed the board voicing their concerns about the school budget.

The proposal now heads to the school committee for their consideration.

It could be on the agenda for their Tuesday night meeting.



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