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South Kingstown looking to fill two high-level civic service positions

March 21, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The transition of Andy Nota, director of administrative services, to Jamestown to act as town administrator and the sudden, unexpected departure of Town Engineer William Boardman has left two high-level civic service positions open in the town.

According to the town, the role of director of administrative services includes direct involvement with labor relations, contract administration and negotiations, administrative oversight of the human resources division, staff assistance in budget development and municipal policy research and analysis.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee approves budget

March 21, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The school committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the budget for fiscal year 2015 in the amount of $27.7 million.

Superintendent Katherine Sipala said the budget is the same monetary amount was presented to the committee at the end of February. However, changes have been made within the budget to accommodate the committee’s decision to keep the family and consumer science program at Narragansett High School.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Break-in reported at Hal’s Auto Garage

March 21, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Hal’s Auto Garage and Auto Body on Old Tower Hill Road was broken into on Sunday according to police. South Kingstown police responded to an alarm at the building and found the front door smashed out.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Adham retiring after 30 years in Narragansett

March 21, 2014

NARRAGANSETT—Rich Adham just felt the time was right.

After more than 30 years with the Narragansett school system – the last 10 as the high school’s athletic director – Adham will be retiring at the end of the school year.

“This is the culmination of 37 years in education, 10 years as AD and you just start slowing down,” he said during an interview Wednesday. “I’m looking forward to retiring.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

HUD money awarded to towns in South County

March 21, 2014

Housing authorities in Rhode Island received $12.6 million in grant funding Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD awarded $1.8 billion in grants to public housing authorities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to make large-scale improvements to the nation’s 1.1 million public housing units.

Of the $12.6 million Rhode Island received, the majority, $3.7 million, was allocated to the Providence Housing Authority.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Gun and weapon bills packs RI State House

March 21, 2014

STATE HOUSE - A hearing on 14 gun and weapon bills in the state house on Tuesday packed the interior rotunda and the front patio with supporters and detractors on the varied bills.

The bills signed onto by local legislators include restricting the possession or transportation of a firearm at an airport and establishing the Firearm Violence Prevention Fund (FVPF) that would be created by an additional $50 fine on top of firearm offenses.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Bill requires evaluation of minority suspension rates

March 21, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Following a report by the Rhode Island ACLU addressing a disparity in minority out-of-school suspensions, Rep. Teresa Tanzi (D - Dist. 34, Narragansett, South Kingstown) introduced a bill that would require the commissioner of education to develop a method to analyze disciplinary data and the impact on students based on race.

“It’s important for districts to start critically reviewing the practice of suspension,” Tanzi said in an interview Wednesday. “Take away all of the distinguishing characteristics of the individual and just look at their actions. The schools need to find a plan to look at this more critically.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Digital Literacy at NES

March 19, 2014

Renee Hobbs, director of the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media, delivered the keynote address at the Narragansett school department’s professional development day last Friday. Hobbs has been involved in a project at Narragansett Elementary School regarding digital literacy and highlighted the project for the entire school district staff. Pictured: NES Library Media Specialist Brien Jennings, Literacy Coach Sue Sabella, NES Principal Gail Dandurand, URI Harrington School Director Renee Hobbs, and Superintendent Katherine Sipala.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Celtic crossing

March 19, 2014

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KCMF brings classical to classrooms

March 19, 2014

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