Audit: North Providence schools over budget

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – North Providence school officials have some answering to do after an audit shows they ran $825,000 over budget last year.

Dick Fossa, Chief of Staff for North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, says town officials want to know why they didn't learn of the shortfall sooner.

"Not that we could have done anything about it but at least we would have known that we were gonna have this issue," Fossa says. "Again, like I said it came as a surprise because we were assured all along that we were doing fine with the school committee budget."

Fossa says the school deficit was largely the result of Medicaid payments to the state and payroll that ran over budget. School officials have been charged with coming up with a plan to make up for the shortfall.

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