WOONSOCKET â€“ The school department was once again looking for budget reductions on Thursday as the School Committeeâ€™s budget subcommittee began a review of ways to solve a projected $1.6 million shortfall in the $59.8 million spending plan already sent to Mayor Leo T. Fontaine.
School Committee Chairman Marc A. Dubois said that â€śeverythingâ€ť possible to be cut in the proposed budget would be looked at in the new round of budget work.
WOONSOCKET â€“ In a shot across the bow of the firefighter's union, Mayor Leo T. Fontaine has proposed a shift restructuring of the fire department that would virtually eliminate overtime.
The mayor's proposal would fold the 124 members of the fire department into three rotating platoons instead of four, the current norm. And instead of working an average of 42 hours a week before overtime kicks in, every firefighter would have to work 56.