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N. Smithfield Town Council approves transfer to School Dept.

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The Town Council voted Monday night to transfer $240,000 to the school dept. to help them deal with a budget deficit.  

The shortfall was forcing school officials to make cuts to sports and other activities, which could now be spared because of the funds.

"It was passed tonight.  They are getting the $240,000 and anything that's needed beyond that, which they are saying the deficit is $470,000 is gonna be a function of us having an agreement," said Town Council President John Flaherty.

The council is sending an agreement to the School Committee deal with the remaining $230,000 of the budget deficit.

Before a vote was taken on the funding, during Monday's heated meeting between the Town Council and School Committee, members of the School Committee walked out after chairman Robert LaFleur had a few shouting words for the Town Council.

"I am walking out and I think the School Board just adjourned the meeting," said LaFleur.

Students at Monday's meeting say they are relieved their programs could be spared from cuts.

"As a senior I am ecstatic we are gonna be having a funded graduation something to honor the hard work that we put in 13 years in the school system," said one student.

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