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SK withdraws membership from SORICO

December 21, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – With SORICO becoming a hibernated group and with a potential liability with selling the group's building on Camp Avenue in North Kingstown, the South Kingstown school committee regrettably withdrew its membership from the Southern Rhode Island education and training center at Tuesday night's meeting.

Future of Indian village site to be determined

December 20, 2010

NARRAGANSETT–On Dec. 13 the Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) subcommittee met in a final hearing about the future of a privately owned piece of land whose construction was halted after a preserved 12th century native village was discovered on the property.

As development continued, evidence and artifacts of early native life were uncovered. Pottery, a burial ground, and an unplowed and preserved Indian village have subsequently been documented but researchers say more needs to be done.

Sipala recommends Narragansett schools stay with collaborative

December 19, 2010

NARRAGANSETT–The five-person school committee and superintendent met on Wednesday and the first agenda item became Southern Rhode Island Regional Collaborative (SORICO). The collaborative is a non-profit cooperative educational service involving Block Island, Chariho, East Greenwich, Exeter/West Greenwich, Jamestown, Narragansett, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, and Westerly. The organization was established in 1988 and involved eight high schools, 11 middle schools, and 33 elementary schools was intended to regionalize services for the area. Recently, South Kingstown, West Greenwich, and North Kingstown withdrew during their school committee meetings while Chariho did not.

URI tuition jump possible

December 18, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN--Possible tuition increases await URI students if the university's requested operational budget is not approved. Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee will make a recommendation for funding either next month or at the beginning of February.
How can stakeholders (taxpayers, citizens, university students and parents) ensure that the budget recommendation of 71 million dollars for the next fiscal year is passed?

Alfred brings capital improvement proposals to town council

December 17, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – There will be smoother driving on roads in the next six years if the new capital improvement plan(CIP) proposed by Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred is approved by the town council. To repair more roads in the town, the road improvement program will increase by $2 million from $6 million to $8 million.

Dire predictions for town budget during Narragansett joint work session

December 17, 2010

NARRAGANSETT—“It is not a pretty picture,” according Finance Director Donald Goodrich who presented budget estimates to a joint town council and school committee work session Monday evening. State aid to the town in 2010-11 was $6,458,074. In the recent recession years, there has been a 7.8 percent reduction in funds from Providence bringing the new, lower than expected estimate of $5,949,416 for 2011-12. State aid had already been cut 3.17 percent in the 2010-2011 year.

Future journalists hone their skills at Prout School

December 16, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Whether it’s the latest music review, a letter to future freshman or an editorial about parking woes, the new Prout School student newspaper, The Crusader Chronicle offers students a creative outlet to having their voices heard.

RI HOPE reaches out to flood victims

December 15, 2010

BY KATHLEEN MCKIERNAN

CRANSTON – RI HOPE (Helping Other People in Emergencies), a new community program organized to help Rhode Islanders affected by the March flood is setting out to neighborhoods to provide outreach services. The program is a federal response to the presidential declaration of a disaster in Rhode Island.

Narragansett Elementary kids appear in The Nutcracker

December 15, 2010

NARRAGANSETT--Aran Flaherty, Katia Konopelko, Morgan D'Ambra, Emma Landy, Brendan Flaherty, Natalie Landy, and Charlotte D'Ambra of Narragansett Elementary School have been practicing once a week in Providence for Festival Ballet's The Nutcracker. And while this is a first time for many of the children, Aran said she had danced before.

O’Neill resolution stirs debate

December 15, 2010

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After Councilman James O’Neill proposed a resolution to Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee regarding his future financial policies, the town council heatedly debated the merits of the resolution at Monday night’s meeting.

 

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