The council will hear updates on the future of the closed Elmhurst School. The meeting will begin Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
Elmhurst Elementary School
Monday, March 25, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The town of Portsmouth will hold an Elmhurst School Master Plan Stakeholders’ meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
What do you think should happen to the closed Elmhurst Elementary School? Should it be saved for "open space?"
The following is a letter to the editor submitted by the Portsmouth Open Space Committee. As the Portsmouth Open Space Committee is charged with advising the Town on open space matters, I am writing you to let you know that the Portsmouth Open Space Committee unanimously and enthusiastically supports the proposal for removing the Elmhurst School building as part of protecting and enhancing the Glen as outlined in Mr. Edward Clement’s letter of Feb. 17, 2012 to Richard S. Wimpress, Chair of the Elmhurst Planning Committee. The Glen is arguably one of Portsmouth’s most important community assets, from economic and environmental perspectives, and it is deserving of the protections afforded by a perpetual Conservation Easement. This …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The Portsmouth Town Council must decide by August if a ballot question will be put forth to voters.
The Portsmouth Town Council took two major steps towards the future use of the former Elmhurst Elementary School on Tuesday night. The council heard a presentation from the Elmhurst Reuse Planning Committee, which has been working to develop plans for the closed building. The Elmhurst Elementary School closed in 2009 in order to cut costs. The town is now debating the future of the waterfront property next to the Glen Manor House. On Tuesday, the town council voted to direct Town Administrator John Klimm and Finance Director David Faucher to develop a request for proposal or RFP. The RFP will be for the "removal of the Elmhurst school property, exclusive of the manor house and chapel; removal of the building; reshaping of the land; and …
Sunday, February 19, 2012
What kind of business do you think should go here?
Instead of a business this week, we decided to find out what you think should go at the former Elmhurst Elementary School. The Elmhurst Planning Committee is currently debating the future use of this site, but we want to know what you think. We want to know what businesses (or anything else) you think would thrive in that location. What should happen to this former school?
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Town Council candidates respond to questions in a three-part series.
Thirteen candidates for Town Council will face off in the November General Election against each other for only seven seats on the board. In order to better understand where the candidates stand on issues, Patch sent the following question to each candidate: What do you think should be done with the former Elmhurst Elementary School building? Below are the candidates' answers. The answers are placed in the order they were received.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Students of the former Elmhurst Elementary School presented their "Wading In" projects at the Portsmouth Free Public Library this Saturday.
Going to the beach is one thing, but knowing what lies underneath that New England water is one story that teachers at the former Elmhurst Elementary School wanted their students to be well versed in last spring. With the support of a grant from the Portsmouth Public Education Foundation (PPEF), two classes of the former Elmhurst Elementary School focused on the Sakonnet River and the creatures within it. Valerie Seveney, a first-grade teacher at the former Elmhurst said, "Our goal was to teach the students about the natural environment that is right out their front doors and embed learning through making it fun." Making it fun they did. Both Seveney and her colleague Jody Clark, a fourth-grade teacher, went out into the Sakonnet River in …
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Rhode Island Department of Education throws out a petition to stop the closing of Elmhurst Elementary School.
A petition submitted to protest the closing of Elmhurst Elementary School has been dropped by the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). The petition was recently dismissed, according to an order by RIDE, after the education department did not receive further communication from the petitioners. "As of September 14, 2010 no communication has been received from the petitioners indicating that they intended to proceed in this matter. This matter is therefore dismissed with prejudice," according to the order dated Sept. 16. Elmhurst Elementary School was shut down last year as a cost-saving move by the school department. The petition to protest the school's closing was filed on May 7 with the Commissioner's Office. After a change of …
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The Town Council votes 4-3 to approve a committee plan presented by Town Administrator Robert Driscoll. The committee, which will be formed, will discuss future possibilities for the now closed Elmhurst Elementary School.
The Town Council voted to approve the formation of an Elmhurst Reuse Committee at its meeting on Monday night, but not before a lengthy discussion about who should be on the board. Elmhurst Elementary School closed last year in order to cut costs. The town is now debating the future of the waterfront property next to the Glen Manor House. The town council previously assigned the task of forming a list of potential committee members to Town Administrator Robert Driscoll. The town administrator was asked to work with the Glen Manor House Authority to form a list of potential residents for the board, as well as develop a mission statement and charter. Driscoll's recommendations to the town council on Monday were: Driscoll also recommended …
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Hathaway Principal Robert Ettinger talks about the new school year and the addition of former Elmhurst and Melville students.
It's that time of year again, a time when children regrettably trade in their beach coolers for back packs, their fishing poles for No. 2 pencils and their bikes for big yellow school buses. With excited anticipation and jitters, students of all ages head back into the classroom, where they will greet old classmates and make new friends. Perhaps "new" is the operative word for students, staff and parents this year, as Hathaway Elementary School welcomes new students from the former Elmhurst Elementary School, which closed its doors at the end of last school year to help rectify a budget deficit. Hathaway will also welcome the addition of 28 students, who are former students of Melville Elementary School. "We are looking at taking about 25…