Archive - Mar 9, 2011
WARWICK-The National Multiple Sclerosis Society honored Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) as its 2010 Representative of the Year at the organization's annual Public Policy Conference. The award distinguishes a Member of Congress who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and dedication to issues most significantly impacting the lives of people with Multiple Sclerosis, or MS. It represents one of the highest honors the Society awards to public officials.
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâ€“South Kingstown state representatives recently met with the Coastal Resources Management Council to discuss potential solutions to the coastal erosion along Matunuck Town Beach.
Sen. V. Susan Sosnowski, D-Dist. 37 South Kingstown, New Shoreham and Rep. Donna M. Walsh, D-Dist. 36, Charlestown, New Shoreham, South Kingstown, Westerly, along with town council president Ella Whaley met with Grover Fugate, the executive director of the Coastal Resources Management Council and other members of the CRMC.
School Committee Vice Chair Nancy Sprengelmeyer came out against all-day kindergarten in a letter to the Rhode Island House of Representatives, despite thinking it is â€śabsolutely the bestâ€ť for children.
Despite being in support of all-day kindergarten from an educatorâ€™s point-of-view, Sprengelmeyer testified against it for financial reasons.
In a Feb. 9 letter to the Rhode Island House of Representatives that is signed by Sprengelmeyer and Superintendent of Coventry Public Schools Michael Convery they write that it would be â€śfiscally impossibleâ€ť to implement such a program at this time.
The bill, H 5049, was introduced by Rep. Roberto DaSilva (D-East Providence, Pawtucket) and Rep. Raymond Johnston, Jr. (D-Pawtucket).
It would require all districts in the state to have all-day kindergarten, or in other words to increase the hours a kindergartener must attend class. It would require students to be in class five and a half hours per day.
The letter to representatives on behalf of Coventry states that, â€śWhile both the Coventry Public Schoolsâ€™ administrative team and its School Committee members unanimously support the concept of all-day kindergarten, the cost to implement this program would be a fiscally-impossible undertaking at this time.â€ť
The letter says it would be â€ścost-prohibitive without a guarantee of a State-funding source.â€ť
At their Tuesday night meeting Sprengelmeyer asked Rep. Lisa Tomasso, who was in attendance, about the status of the bill.
Tomasso told the school committee that she did not see the bill coming to the floor because representatives were realizing the impact of sending a bill to communities with â€śa fiscal note attached.â€ť
At the Feb. 14 town council meeting where Sprengelmeyer shared the letter with council members, Councilman Raymond Spear called it â€śanother unfunded mandate.â€ť
By DAVID PEPIN
The lawyer for two homeowners who claim their houses have been damaged by construction of the new Cole Middle School is awaiting responses from the town and the East Greenwich School District to their claim.
On February 17 twelve representatives from several local Walmart stores visited and toured Sargent Rehabilitation Center. Local Walmart Store Managers, Market Assistant and Good Works Coordinators â€¦ staff who identify non-profit organizations and programs in the community that Walmart wishes to support with a monetary contributionâ€¦came bearing a gift. Sargent Center was presented with a $5000 contribution to support services for children and adults with disabilities.