PAWTUCKET â€” Due to some further spending cuts, including a reduction in staffing at the administrative levelâ€”and an optimistic gamble in the amount needed for medical reserves in the coming yearâ€”school administrators managed to achieve a balanced budget for fiscal year 2012.
The School Committee voted to approve the $91.3 million spending plan at its June 14 meeting. By state statute, the School Department is required to have a balanced budget in place by June 30, which is the start of the new fiscal year.
PROVIDENCE â€“ Twelve years ago, Joanne Quinn sat in a parking lot, arguing over the telephone with her insurance company, which had just told her that her then-4-year-old son, Patrick, diagnosed a week earlier with autism, was eligible to be covered for just six weeks of speech and language training.
Quinn, of the RI Autism Project, choked up at a lectern in the RI House of Representatives Lounge Wednesday as she and others celebrated passage of a bill that requires autism spectrum disorders to be covered by health insurance and other medical plans.