Representatives and lawyers from both the town and school department will appear in Washington County Court today as a judge rules on whether the town has the legal right to halt school spending. That hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Earlier this week, the town sent a memorandum to the North Kingstown School Committee urging them not to enter into any contracts or make any additional expenditures after news broke that the school department may face a $1.2-million deficit.
Thursday morning, Town Manager Michael Embury, School Superintendent Phil Auger, Council President Elizabeth Dolan and School Committee Chair Kim Page met to discuss the possible deficit. According to Dolan, the council has agreed to pay for a "quick" outside audit of the school department's finances to help find a solution. The audit could cost in the neighborhood of $20,000 to $40,000.