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Middle School Sports Programs Gone in September

The budget commission's decision will save over $100,000 annually.

To eliminate the city's accumulating deficit, the budget commission made further cuts to the budget, including eliminating school-funded middle school sports programs during Thursday's meeting in city hall. The decision will affect the next school year's programs.

"We're not getting much cooperation," O'Keefe said, noting the budget commission approved full-day kindergarten programs with the understanding further cuts would be made to the school department budget. "The committee keeps rejecting without coming up with alternatives."

Mary King, finance director for the school department, asked if coaches could be hired to run spring sports that start in March. Chairman Michael O'Keefe said new coaches will have to be considered as there is a hiring freeze.

The East Providence School Committee voted against eliminating the $106,000 middle school sports in a 3-1 vote. 

Bruce Zarembka February 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM
impact. The bottom line…the system is broken and needs to be fixed. Otherwise those that have worked hard for retirement (in the public sector) will find the coffers are empty when it comes time to retire. Those in the private sector will and already are at the point where they cannot afford to be taxed any higher. There are no easy solutions. Tough decisions are what lie ahead…and getting rid of longevity pay and hefty pay adjustments for minimal increases in work load need to be one of the solutions that remains on the table.
June Coan February 21, 2012 at 01:35 AM
JR...not all coaches are teachers. I can think of 5 or 6 off the top of my head, including myself that are not teachers. Are most teachers? Yes, because coaching jobs are offered to teachers first, also known as an internal bid. Once that passes and no teacher steps up to coach, it goes public and becomes an external bid.
Govstench February 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Bruce, couldn't agree more with your comments. Pensions in the private sector started to get phased out in the early 90's. IBM started that ball rolling and others followed. Private industry shifted to 401K plans to reduce high retirement maintenance costs. The other gimmicks afforded to those in the public sector, longevity pay, compounding of COLAs, free health care plans, either never existed or have been cut way back. To do otherwise would just close the business. Government employees and public unions are being forced to cut back on these benefits, whether voluntarily or through receivership as the taxpayers are tapped out. To force more from them will cause them to move. The public unions have pushed all of the expenses of these programs onto the taxpayers and advocate higher taxes to pay for them. That nonsense has to end for this state to turn around. Otherwise, you will see this state turn into another Detroit!
Govstench February 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM
And those special programs for the kids in the communities, you want them to be restored? Ask the public unions to cut back on some of their benefit plans afforded to their members - see what they say. You and I both know that answer. That is one reason the middle school sports programs were cut - no money. Ask another program to give up their program for the kids and see what they say.
Rumford Resident March 05, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Still waiting for the plan Charlie! You were quoted in the Journal..... When will you let the voters in on your plan to pay for middle school sports!

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