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Quest Montessori School facing obstactles in Narragansett

January 15, 2011

A view from the lobby of the proposed Montesorri Quest school in Narragansett. Illustration by Donald Powers Architects.

NARRAGANSETT—Paul Raymond, the head of Quest Montessori School and a prospective property-owner in the town said in an interview that he is up against “significant obstacles” in the state’s current system of regulatory controls.  Recently, his proposal to re-zone a portion of Boston Neck Road as “commercial” has stalled and his school’s future in the town is threatened.  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. But the council has twice delayed the proposal. Most recently because Narragansett is the only town in Rhode Island that does not allow a school by special permit in a residential area. 

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Another Poor Decision

January 14, 2011 by smc1984, 3 years 25 weeks ago
Comment: 91

Narragansett is making the wrong choice. Montesorri schools have shown a history of great education for young children. Recent studies have shown children coming out of montessori schools score higher on tests then thoose in public systems. This does not matter to narragansett. Instead delaying a new option for parents and children is happening instead. It could also cost the town potential jobs. Think about the children that could benefit from such a place before delaying the process over an easy to approve permit.

 

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