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School committee talks PARCC and teacher evaluations

March 14, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The South Kingstown School Committee began discussion on two resolutions Tuesday night that, if voted upon, will be sent to legislators for consideration.

Both resolutions - one to delay the PARCC assessment by one year and one to lower the frequency of teacher evaluations on teachers deemed highly effective - will be voted upon at the April 15 meeting of the school committee.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Office complex planned for site of South County Pediatrics

March 14, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Two local builders are planning to demolish South County Pediatrics, located at 4979 Tower Hill Road, and build a 13,500 square foot residential and office development.

During a pre-application review Tuesday, the planning board learned about the proposal of Matt Davitt, president of Davitt Design Build, and Jeff Sweenor, president and CEO of Sweenor Builders, to eliminate the existing structure and create a three-story building with apartments and offices.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Church bell complaint dismissal accepted by U.S. District Court

March 14, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Senior U.S. District Court Judge Ronald R. Lagueux accepted Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Sullivan’s recommendation to dismiss the complaint by Narragansett resident John Devaney claiming that the tolling of nearby church bells have caused disruption to his life.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Parking lot across from Worden’s Pond approved by planning board

March 14, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The planning board voted unanimously Tuesday to grant preliminary plan approval to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s proposed two-lot subdivision across from the Worden’s Pond boat ramp.

Michelle Sheehan, of DEM, told the planning board DEM is planning to purchase 6.9 acres across from Worden’s Pond to create an auxiliary parking lot and provide an area for overflow parking.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Narragansett schools to hire induction coach

March 14, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The school district will introduce an induction coach position in the coming school year.

Per Rhode Island Department of Education mandate, all schools in the state are required to have a mentoring program, which is also outlined in the teacher contract.

Previously, a person from RIDE came to Narragansett relatively infrequently and provided what Superintendent Katherine Sipala described as “disconnected” service.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Flaherty wins Paul W. Crowley Award

March 14, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Narragansett resident and former Narragansett High School principal, Dr. Todd Flaherty, recently won the Rhode Island School Superintendents Association’s Paul W. Crowley Award.

The award, which has been presented annually for the last seven years, is given to a Rhode Island citizen who, in his or her personal professional capacity, has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to improving the quality of education for the children of Rhode Island. The award is named for former state Rep. Paul Crowley of Newport.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKHS explores IB program

March 14, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – South Kingstown High School is looking at the possibility of becoming the first public school in the state to add International Baccalaureate (IB) classes to the curriculum, which, in other schools, is largely viewed as one level above Advanced Placement classes.

The Prout School is presently the only school in the state to offer the courses.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Fiore proposes housing at historic property

March 14, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Roland Fiore is proposing to build a 48-unit multi-household development at 571 Main St., the current site of the historic William Davis Miller House.

Fiore’s team of engineers and attorneys described the development proposal to the planning board during a pre-application review Tuesday.

While the plans retain the William Davis Miller House, pool and outbuildings for community use, Fiore is proposing to construct 48 units on the 8-acre property in four different types of buildings – including two 12-unit multi-family structures, two six-unit buildings, four two-unit duplexes, and four single family residences.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Upcoming fundraising event to raise money for Native American seniors at URI

March 14, 2014

The first of three fundraising events for the Sierra Stanton Book Award will take place on Wednesday, March 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, Kingston. The funds raised will help assist Native American seniors in the Talent Development Program at URI.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Daly-LaBelle rehashes enrollment, wants apology from council members

March 12, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – For the third time since the beginning of the new year, Jonathan Daly-LaBelle of the school committee took the podium in the council chambers as an interested citizen, this time reminding the council himself that he can not speak for the school committee as a whole.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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