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March 5th

Philharmonic to return to town beach this summer

March 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The annual concerts on Narragansett Town Beach will continue this year with a performance by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.

The town council voted 5-0 Monday to approve the 2014 contract agreement for the 38th annual concert on the beach with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra in the amount of $20,000.

The council also voted unanimously to approve the 2014 contract agreement for production support services with Bill Bracket Theatrical Productions for the concert on the beach in the amount of $11,000.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Whaley won’t seek town council re-election

March 5, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Town Council President Ella Whaley told the Narragansett Times Monday night that she will not be running for re-election this year.

Whaley, who served on the school committee for eight years and the town council for another eight years, said that she won’t have time this year between trips back and forth from Florida to best serve the community.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NFD competes in Fight for Air Climb

March 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Members of the Narragansett Fire Department placed fourth overall in the firefighter team competition at the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb at the Omni Hotel in Providence last month.

This year was the sixth consecutive year firefighters from the Narragansett Fire Department have participated in the Fight for Air Climb, which is sometimes referred to as a “vertical road race,” and is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SK school officials speak out on education bills

March 5, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - At a hearing at the state house regarding several public education bills, testimony from School Committee Member Jonathan Daly-LaBelle and Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow added to the conversation on issues such as PARCC and NECAP testing, Common Core Standards and educator evaluations.

Daly-LaBelle spoke, directly or indirectly, to House Bills 7256, 7146, 2135, 2059 and House Resolution 7327 - all of which address the validity and delaying of standardized testing as a graduation requirement or seek closer examination of the Common Core Standards.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Opposition arises to NHS program change

March 5, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Students, parents and teachers are concerned about the potential elimination of the family and consumer science program at Narragansett High School.

Last month, the school committee approved a first draft of the program of studies for Narragansett High School for the 2014-2015 school year. That draft included the elimination of the three family and consumer science courses the school previously offered, in lieu of expanding the school’s agriculture course offerings.

At Wednesday’s school committee meeting, Priscilla Archambault, the family and consumer science teacher at Narragansett High School, pleaded with the school committee not to cut the courses.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Roundtable discussion clears air on Jr. ROTC

March 5, 2014

COVENTRY — In a roundtable discussion, a handful of local legislators, school officials, parents and ROTC instructor Colonel Steven Buteau spend a good part of Friday afternoon working out a possible solution to keep the JROTC program at Coventry High School operating.

The issue; getting the necessary number of students (100) to enroll in the ROTC program and funding it before it is disbanded by the Air Force.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

February 28th

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

 

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