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Lisi, school committee discuss policy changes

February 28, 2014

WAKEFIELD — At Tuesday’s night’s school committee work session, Assistant Superintendent Pauline Lisi proposed potential changes to consolidate four school policies: Age of enrollment, assignment of students, elementary student placement, and student promotion, placement, and retention.

Lisi began by saying that she wanted to involve the community in the process of making the policy changes.

“Last year we created a communication plan and I’d like to work with that a little bit at the end of the session tonight to see how we can use that to further engage the community in this process,” she said.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

2015 budget for Narragansett schools increasing slightly

February 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Superintendent of Schools Katherine E. Sipala presented a proposed $27.7 million budget for fiscal year 2015 to the school committee Wednesday, an increase of $357,882 over the current fiscal year’s budget.

The proposed fiscal 2015 budget represents a 1.31 percent increase over the fiscal 2014 budget, what Sipala called a “very small increase.”

“We had hoped for zero,” she said.

Sipala reviewed the considerations she took into account when drafting the proposed budget with the school committee.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI to maintain Plains Road section

February 28, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Following up on an agreement between the town of South Kingstown and the University of Rhode Island, the town council decided unanimously on Tuesday evening to abandon a section of Plains Road for URI to pick up and maintain on its own.

“On November 19 of 2013, the town and the university signed into a shared services agreement relative to Plains Road,” said Town Manager Stephen A. Alfred at the meeting. “That agreement provided ownership, use, maintenance and future improvement responsibilities for that road.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Police called during Deepwater hearing

February 28, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Tensions were high at the third public hearing of the Coastal Resources Management Council’s Ocean SAMP Subcommittee Thursday morning regarding Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System project proposals.

The Narragansett police were called to the Coastal Institute Auditorium at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus after audience members became disorderly and heckled Tricia Jedele, vice president and director of advocacy for the Rhode Island office of the Conservation Law Foundation, as she was giving testimony in support of Deepwater Wind’s project.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NCAC closes on funding goal

February 26, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – A Narragansett family has donated $50,000 toward the Narragansett Community Athletic Complex and has promised an additional $50,000 if 500 Narragansett residents make a donation of $500 or more toward the project.

Through their donation, Narragansett residents Suzanne and Terry Murray are kicking off the Murray Family Challenge, asking residents to make a financial donation toward the NCAC.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pier council limits summer road races

February 26, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The town council voted 3-2 last week to allow only 10 road race/walk events to be held in the town each year between May 1 and Sept. 30.

Steve Wright, director of Narragansett Parks and Recreation, said the parks and recreation department, the police department, the fire department, and the public works department would like to limit the number of road races held during that period and to restrict all other new applications held during that time frame.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Sen. Reed talks cybersecurity at URI

February 26, 2014

KINGSTON - U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, also a member of both the Appropriations and Armed Services committees, was briefed at the University of Rhode Island Monday by chemistry, engineering and cyber-security professors on the research done and tools used to detect explosives and dangerous vapors and defend against cyber-attacks.

His briefing at the university followed a $5.15 million award form the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which was used to create a new center at URI and $500,000 in federal funding to continue the explosives research.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Bill seeks to postpone testing on Common Core

February 26, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Common Core standards, marketed as a system to determine what is expected of students at each grade level, will be the basis of standardized testing beginning with freshman from the class of 2019.

House Bill 7256, which will be heard today, seeks to postpone testing on the Common Core standards until 2019, when students will have had a full four years of instruction on the standards.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

DEM offering grants small-scale farms, fisheries in Rhode Island

February 26, 2014

Increased support of local agriculture and fishing in recent times has lead to an announcement by Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Friday that the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is accepting applications from small-scale and beginning farms and seafood businesses for Local Agriculture and Seafood Act grants.

“The program addresses the promotion and marketing of two fast growing sectors of our economy. Both have managed to do well during the economic downturn,” Chafee said Friday. “These funds will ensure that the sale of locally grown agricultural products and seafood will continue to thrive, and that these businesses become even more of a key employer in our state.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

NCAC closes on funding goal

February 26, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – A Narragansett family has donated $50,000 toward the Narragansett Community Athletic Complex and has promised an additional $50,000 if 500 Narragansett residents make a donation of $500 or more toward the project.

Through their donation, Narragansett residents Suzanne and Terry Murray are kicking off the Murray Family Challenge, asking residents to make a financial donation toward the NCAC.

Source 
Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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