January 18th, 2011
SOUTH KINGSTOWN â The Department of Education is upping its standards again for graduating students to receive a high school diploma, placing more emphasis on NECAP scores while developing differential diplomas. With the Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist coming to the South Kingstown High School Wednesday, Jan. 19 to hold a public hearing on changes to the graduation requirements for the classes of 2012 and beyond, the townâs school committee focused on these changes at Tuesday nightâs meeting.
Trees lay dormant in winter. Giving Trees do not.
Though Christmas has come and gone, the employees of Arkwright Advanced Coatings, Inc. come to their cafeteria, pour their coffee, heat their soup and discuss how to improve what they want to give to local families in need.
Coventry High School will be holding itâs first ever Community Night for incoming freshman this Wednesday.
Lynn Burke, Assistant Principal for Student Services, is calling it a vehicle for communicating with the eighth grade students who will be starting high school this fall.
The School Building Committee, by less than a clear consensus Tuesday night, recommended that the School Committee spend $4 million in school bond funding on comprehensive roof, floor and ventilation repairs at Meadowbrook Farms Elementary School.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist will be holding a community forum in North Kingstown tomorrow night as part of her Commissionerâs 2010-2011 Listening and Learning Tour.
As part of her tour, Gist will visit every school district and hold a community forum where sheâll discuss the strategic plan thatâs transforming education in the state and take questions from the public.
CHARLESTOWN â The Charlestown Police Department was recently chosen, along with Bristol and Smithfield, to attend a workshop to learn an approach to policing that is said to reduce the crime rate in town.
KINGSTON â For 25 years the University of Rhode Island has been honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a full week of events devoted to King's message of peace and equality. To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, URI is having a week of service challenge in which students are asked to do 2,011 total hours of community service in one week.
NARRAGANSETTâOn Dec. 29 the Narragansett Times reported on the town's current water status and the recent legislation that places regulations on water use in order to conserve the state's water supplies ("Lower water rates bring new efforts for conservation"). Currently, the town's citizens have the second lowest water rates in the state. Senator Susan Sosnowski was asked about these rates, the developments in the state government regarding water, and the impact of the legislation on the state in the future.
WOOD RIVER JCT. â The Chariho Regional School District superintendent's proposed budget of $54.37 million for fiscal year 2011-12 represents a 3.3 percent increase over the current year's voter-approved budget of $52.62 million.
NARRAGANSETTâPaul Raymond, the head of Quest Montessori School and a prospective property-owner in the town said in an interview that he is up against âsignificant obstaclesâ in the stateâs current system of regulatory controls.Â Recently, his proposal to re-zone a portion of Boston Neck Road as âcommercialâ has stalled and his schoolâs future in the town is threatened.Â After months of architectural designs, engineering plans, wetland protection zones, and traffic reports were approved by the planning board, the council has twice delayed re-zoning the property.