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PDES parents, teachers speak out on reconfiguration

June 20, 2011

Peace Dale Elementary School was a hot button topic at Tuesday’s School Committee meeting on reconfiguration.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – It was a meeting for change as the school committee discussed increasing science and social studies in grade 6 at Broad Rock, heard the recommendation for the reconfiguration for the schools and adopted policies changing how teachers are evaluated at Tuesday night’s meeting.

After ten weeks of devising a recommendation for the future configuration of the school district, Kenneth Kermes presented the Reconfiguration Advisement Committee or RAC’s final recommendation to the school committee. Although RAC presented its recommendation last week, the school committee delved into the details on Tuesday.

After trying to meet several objectives including lengthening grade spans, creating a model that would challenge students to excel, limiting transportation time and meeting fiduciary responsibility, RAC narrowed 29 ideas to one final recommendation.

The final recommendation, Kermes said includes taking 120 students from the largest elementary school, Peace Dale and redistricting students so that the four elementary schools, Peace Dale, Wakefield, Matunuck and West Kingston are equal. In this, the committee hoped to maintain small neighborhood schools in South Kingstown. With the opened up space at Peace Dale, the committee recommends moving the pre-school program from the Hazard building next to the high school to Peace Dale.

RAC also requested the school committee research the concept of future two grade 5 to 8 middle schools and the current transportation policy.

For more information pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

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