No. Smithfield School Committee rejects town's funding offer

No. Smithfield School Committee rejects town's funding offer

NORTH SMITHFIELD – Rejecting an agreement proposed by the Town Council to forward $190,918 to address cuts in district programs, the North Smithfield School Committee drafted a counter-offer last Thursday night requesting the immediate transfer of $240,000, and laying out its own list of conditions for resolution of the two boards' ongoing funding, records and communication disputes.

The Committee's agreement, delivered to Town Council President John Flaherty on Friday, Feb. 7, also rejects the proposal for creation of an "ad hoc" group to examine School Department finances. The Council had asked that an ad hoc board, made up of town and school officials along with members of the Budget Committee, be created to examine the department's recently announced $470,000 deficit.

The district has made cuts to programs in services to address the deficit including layoffs, and elimination of all after school transportation and the spring sports program. Last week, the Council voted 3-2 to restore the programs with a promise of $190,918, and the possibility of increased funding once the deficit was fully dissected.

"The members of the proposed Ad Hoc Committee, with the exception of the Superintendent of Schools, lacks the financial and educational expertise to oversee the operation of a School District," the Committee responded in a letter on the matter.

The Committee's counter agreement also requests an independent performance audit, and addresses ongoing disputes over requests for the district's financial data asking that the Budget Committee "be respectful of the limited business staffing," and "not make any overly burdensome or broad requests for information."

For more on this developing story, pick up this week's print edition of The Valley Breeze.

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AS TO...CUT AND PASTED FROM ABOVE ARTICLE:

"The members of the proposed Ad Hoc Committee, with the exception of the Superintendent of Schools, lacks the financial and educational expertise to oversee the operation of a School District," the Committee responded in a letter on the matter.

I would say that it is also very, very obvious that The North Smithfield Administration, its School Committee, and that Committee's Finance Sub-Committee also have absolutely no "Financial Expertise"???

If they did....I would venture to say that there would not have been an over-expenditure of funds to begin with.

Then, again, I've never yet met a school system that was overall capable of working within its budget and not being financially irresponsible!

They've mastered the art of doing so and then using nothing short of Terrorist tactics to try and get their own way.

More-so....when questioned, especially as they always, always, have something to hide....they tell those that challenge them that they are incompetents, unqualified and don't know what they are doing!

The pity of all of this is that the parents fall for the school system's lies and tactic....hook and sinker!

There is plenty of blame to go around about this issue which has been lingering for about five years now but it's not about blame its about FINALLY getting a resolution so the town doesn't keep finding themselves in the same situation next year and for years to come.

The best resolution to the situation is to hire an outside auditor approved by the TA,TC,SC. This would allow ALL to see what is going on here. This would give the most credibility while allowing the most transparent resolution for the finding. Let the findings be given at a joint TC,SC , and the citizens of the town meeting and not to any of the parties before.

Then when the citizens of the community find out the TRUTH , we can hold those accountable for the LIES!!!! However since it appears the SC is embracing this idea I highly doubt the other parties involved want to see this happen for fear of what the audit will show.

Once and for all "Let the lies be exposed"

It's sad when you hear of all the people and students that attended last week's meeting. The union is extremely skilled at spinning issues to get mass response and then redirect the anger at the town. It's simple deflection tactics 101 and has been going on for years. The citizens need to analyze the situation a little more diligently as far as I am concerned. In all of these types of situations, follow the money!!! Remove your emotions and follow the money!! Only when there is an independent audit from a non-union affiliated organization will we be able to follow the money. There is >$400K unaccounted for and the school department doesn't want us to review the books? Start there people, this is the real underlying issue and it's what everyone in town should be up in arms over.

More hot air without verifiable facts. Have a nice day.