Resolutions to Find Alternative Funding for Cranston Schools

Andrea Iannazzi is sponsoring two new School Committee resolutions (now co-sponsored by School Committee Chair Mike Traficante) to find alternative funding for the EPIC program and middle school sports. She is looking for parent volunteers for the Middle School Sports Committee. If you are interested, please contact Andrea at 935-2411 or at andreaiannazzi@msn.com.

Sponsored by School Committee Member Andrea Iannazzi

WHEREAS the 2009-2010 budget proposed by the Superintendent calls for the elimination of the EPIC program;

WHEREAS the Cranston School Committee strongly supports EPIC and wishes to continue the program;

BE IT RESOLVED that a Subcommittee be formed to investigate alternate funding for the EPIC program;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Subcommittee shall consist of two members of the School Committee and two parent representatives from EPIC appointed by the Chairman of the School Committee, a parent representative from the CEAB appointed by the President of the CEAB, an EPIC instructor appointed by the President of the CTA, and a Central Administrator appointed by the Superintendent.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Subcommittee shall report back to the School Committee at the April work session.

Sponsored by School Committee Member Andrea Iannazzi

WHEREAS the 2009-2010 budget proposed by the Superintendent calls for the elimination of middle school sports;

WHEREAS the Cranston School Committee strongly supports middle school sports and does not wish to eliminate the program;

BE IT RESOLVED that a Subcommittee be formed to investigate alternate funding for middle school sports;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Subcommittee shall consist of two members of the School Committee and two parent representatives appointed by the Chairman of the School Committee, a parent representative from the CEAB appointed by the President of the CEAB, the Athletic Director or his designee, and a Central Administrator appointed by the Superintendent.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Subcommittee shall report back to the School Committee at the April work session.

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2 responses

  1. Jesse from Cranston

    Far from being the inventive move that Miss Iannazzi would like us to think it is, this approach is just the latest example of the go-it-alone attitude that got the school committee into its current situation.

    I can just hear the school board defeatists asking, “Why should we work with the city when Mayor Fung has already said he’s not going to give us more money?” What they miss is that Fung’s plan is not to increase the city’s payment to the schools. Maybe he has some ideas for “alternative funding sources.” But there’s no way to know if the school committee doesn’t ask.

    Sadly, the school committee won’t ask if they continue with their our-way-or-the-lawsuit-way attitude. It’s time to drop, once and for all, the belief that the city should somehow concede to the school board on education funding issues. The problem is bigger than this kind of petty turf-fight.

  2. hockey on the sidewalks and walkways?????????????
    the latest weather has yielded almost untenable icing conditions this morning (1/29)… after speaking with the school department, the primary issue is that there are fewer custodial staff to address this safety issue…… we can not have our cake and eat it too….. what do we choose? the safety and welfare of our children, or sports or other academic programs? i believe the core issues of safety are a primary cornerstone, and need to be addressed first and foremost.
    carlos lopez at the mayor’s office was contacted, and the message left was that there needed to be a bi-partisan working relationship between the city and school department, and if the school dept can not address safety issues alone, they need to communicate with the city and request assistance.

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