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January 9th, 2011
With decisions on what to do with the school budget surplus and the Meadowbrook Farm Elementary School roof and floor situation looming, the School Committee and the districtâs School Building Committee will be getting together for a joint meeting next week.
The work session, with school project funding recommendations on the agenda for discussion, will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at East Greenwich High Schoolâs guidance suite.
While the School Committee has already requested permission from the Town Council to use one third of the estimated $6 million surplus from the $52 million school bond on roof replacement at the high school and Frenchtown Elementary School, the school boards will be discussing other priorities Tuesday.
A potential $4 million worth of work at Meadowbrook, involving both replacement of the roof and replacement of a deteriorating floor system. is the most expensive piece of the puzzle. The daunting cost of the work has had school officials considering retirement of the 40-year-old building, but enrollment and classroom space studies have quieted talk of closing the school.
Building Committee Chairman Jay Gowell said his board has had difficulty in finding a consensus on what to do about Meadowbrook, while School Committee Chairwoman Deidre Gifford is hoping to make a decision on the school sometime this month.
Gowell said the original cost of the Meadowbrook roof replacement, $1 million, has ballooned to the $3-4 million range.
RICHMOND â Like the old adage used by the federal government, the âtown of Richmond wants you.â
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The town council began the budget process Tuesday night with a public work session in which Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred presented the proposed Capital Improvement Program for the next five years.
NARRAGANSETTâRejecting the ACLUâs legal arguments, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit upheld the constitutionality of the Town of Narragansettâs highly-publicized 2005 âorange stickerâ ordinance on Wednesday. However, in upholding the ordinance on its face, the court acknowledged that it could still be subject to constitutional challenge in its application to particular cases, and the ACLU plans to go back to court to pursue those challenges.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. â There is actually a film involving sex, violence and children that advocates encourage the world to see in the light of day. To combat the ongoing battle against human trafficking in the state, Day One is asking all Rhode Islanders to help spread awareness and prevent the devastating exploitation of young women.
Discussion of a possible consolidation of the East Greenwich Fire District with town government officially moved beyond talk and into the factfinding phase Tuesday night.
The districtâs newly formed committee to discuss consolidation began its task with a meeting at Fire Station No. 1 on Main Street after the districtâs Board of Fire Commissioners and Town Council voted over the past two months to study the possibility of bringing fire and emergency rescue services under the townâs umbrella.
NARRAGANSETTâU.S. Coast Guard crews rescued two local fishermen on Monday after the Damariscotta, captained and owned by South Kingstown resident Brian Loftes, sank less than 50 yards from the docks at Point Judith.
WAKEFIELD â In 1958 Donald L. Ford arrived from Philadelphia, Penn. to transform southern Rhode Islandâs only major hospital, from a small country one to a modern medical facility. Revered for his care of patients and for the hospital staff, Ford, 89, of Narragansett, the former president and CEO of South County Hospital from 1958 to 1986 died Monday, Dec. 27 at the same hospital he devoted himself to in Wakefield.
When news broke last week that School Committee member Melvoid Benson was going to resign from the North Kingstown Democratic Committee, the first response many had around town wasnât shock or surprise. Instead, it was a simple shake of the head, an acknowledgment that the move wasnât completely unexpected given how much in-fighting had occurred both in the School Committee itself and the party as a whole.
And thatâs the problem.
PROVIDENCE â Six days after the sentencing of 27-year-old Laura Reale for a driving charge stemming from the death of Colin Foote, his father â Richard âRobinâ Foote â has filed a four-party lawsuit against those âwho are responsibleâ for the fatal crash.