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Forum on Newport County STEM School Scheduled for Saturday

STEM Discussion ,Saturday 10/20 at CCRI ,Newport Campus, from 10-12. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the potential of a Charter School in Newport County

[editor's note: Thank you Middletown Councilor Semonelli for this update on the upcoming meeting, which is an in-person follow-up to his original blog.  To see his original post titled "I am convinced that Newport county needs a Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Charter High School" as well as community feedback, click here]

There will be a  meeting on Saturday 10/20 at CCRI,Newport Campus, from 10-12,  it will be conducted by the Newport County Mentor/CO-Op Group.

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the potential of a Charter School in Newport County.  

At this Session, Bill Clarke, a representative of the Rhode Island Department of Education, will:Define Charter School (includes history, tie to RIDE strategic plan, theory of action,etc)Authorization processRe-authorization processQ/A At a similar session last week in Providence , it was shared that, RIDE has a high level interest in creating 20 charter schools through out Rhode island and has seed funding to initiate this plan. There will be a discussion to follow, Ret. Admiral Mcgann. who led a STEM Charter school in Massachusetts will be present.

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David Jarvis October 15, 2012 at 05:58 PM
For those of us who can't attend the meeting, will the minutes be posted anywhere, or is there an email or online community (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) where we can track the progress of this endeavor? I think this is a needed idea to explore with Raytheon, the Navy, lots of military contractors, IT professional, etc. on the island, Have you thought about reaching out to the Rhode Island Science and Technology Advisory Council?
Beth Cullen October 16, 2012 at 02:46 PM
All great ideas...the island IT community MUST be at the table! I am really looking forward to the forum. It is time t move this from the "wouldn't it be nice if..." stage to let's get this DONE!!! Time does not stand still for these kids...they need "us" to raise the bar NOW for ALL stakeholders!
Chris Semonelli October 21, 2012 at 10:17 AM
Hi As an FYI the meeting was fantastic. It was recorded an will be on line. A working group has been created of parents . teachers and previous charter school administrators and interested parties to develop an application. the next announcement notes are below. This will be the last note to this group related to this activity unless I am asked to copy individuals, you already receive enough emails . Thanks for following this! regards chris Chris Semonelli Hi Tim McMahon Samantha Hines- Beth Cullen Barbara McGann Tim Mcmahon Don Farias Tom Kowalczyk CC; Bill Clarke Ride Doug Sherman- NEIT Joanne Hoops- B & GC I just wanted to get an email out to the Charter work group and confirm that we will meet this Tuesday night at the mainstay at 6pm. Thank you for your time today at CCRI it was very productive. I understand that this group wants to submit and application for a charter school in Newport County by the deadline shared by Bill Clarke, Dec 1 . Lets get it done but dec 1! Feel free to email this group. Don't worry about stepping on toes, communication is key here . Today's session will be posted on THENEWPORTRECORD.com, I understand by this Tuesday. I have attached Barbara's Massachusetts Charter application to this email. regards chris Chris Semonelli

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