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URI hosts talk on economic impacts of climate change

February 28, 2014

KINGSTON — In his lecture, “Economic Tradeoffs in New England Coastal Management,” Dr. Robert Johnston of Clark University detailed the potential costs and benefits of a range of preservation choices for ocean communities. He gave the talk Tuesday afternoon at the University Club at the University of Rhode Island.

Johnston said that the economics of managing beaches and coastal areas was far more complex than simply looking at housing losses due to flooding and storms or the “damage and replacement costs.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Lisi, school committee discuss policy changes

February 28, 2014

WAKEFIELD — At Tuesday’s night’s school committee work session, Assistant Superintendent Pauline Lisi proposed potential changes to consolidate four school policies: Age of enrollment, assignment of students, elementary student placement, and student promotion, placement, and retention.

Lisi began by saying that she wanted to involve the community in the process of making the policy changes.

“Last year we created a communication plan and I’d like to work with that a little bit at the end of the session tonight to see how we can use that to further engage the community in this process,” she said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

2015 budget for Narragansett schools increasing slightly

February 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Superintendent of Schools Katherine E. Sipala presented a proposed $27.7 million budget for fiscal year 2015 to the school committee Wednesday, an increase of $357,882 over the current fiscal year’s budget.

The proposed fiscal 2015 budget represents a 1.31 percent increase over the fiscal 2014 budget, what Sipala called a “very small increase.”

“We had hoped for zero,” she said.

Sipala reviewed the considerations she took into account when drafting the proposed budget with the school committee.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI to maintain Plains Road section

February 28, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Following up on an agreement between the town of South Kingstown and the University of Rhode Island, the town council decided unanimously on Tuesday evening to abandon a section of Plains Road for URI to pick up and maintain on its own.

“On November 19 of 2013, the town and the university signed into a shared services agreement relative to Plains Road,” said Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred at the meeting. “That agreement provided ownership, use, maintenance and future improvement responsibilities for that road.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Police called during Deepwater hearing

February 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Tensions were high at the third public hearing of the Coastal Resources Management Council’s Ocean SAMP Subcommittee Thursday morning regarding Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System project proposals.

The Narragansett police were called to the Coastal Institute Auditorium at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus after audience members became disorderly and heckled Tricia Jedele, vice president and director of advocacy for the Rhode Island office of the Conservation Law Foundation, as she was giving testimony in support of Deepwater Wind’s project.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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