Friday, April 5, 2013
The Portsmouth School Committee chairman says Portsmouth needs to re-examine its drug policy.
Portsmouth School Committee Chairman David Croston is outraged at what he calls "appalling" drug use at Portsmouth High School. Croston, a parent himself, plans to discuss substance abuse in the schools at the next committee meeting on April 23. Croston has received numerous e-mails and phone calls after a committee meeting in March. At which time, he called drug use at the high school "appalling." We want to know what you think. Does Portsmouth have a drug problem in schools? Should the school district review its drug policy? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The Portsmouth School Committee approved a full-day kindergarten program on Tuesday night for the district. What do you think about this? Tell us below.
The Portsmouth School Committee voted in approval of a full-day kindergarten program on Tuesday night, reports The Sakonnet Times. What do you think about this program? We previoously asked this question on Portsmouth Patch's Facebook page. Here's what several users had to say. Marissa Randall: It's about time they considered catching up with the rest of the state! Rachelle Sunderland Cook: Yes!!! My first daughter went to full day in Middletown - more hours of education!! Christine Lineberger: It makes life so much easier on working parents but it is a long day for wee ones not accustomed to daycare/preschool. They should have full day with a rest/nap time. Carolann Ferrell: No way they are still babies. They have to grow up fast …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Portsmouth schools will soon see a full-day kindergarten program.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Dave Croston, chairman of the Portsmouth School Committee, was the guest on this week's edition of "Portsmouth This Week."
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The ACLU claims Portsmouth schools block certain content from students, including websites with information on gay and lesbian rights.
Portsmouth School Committee Chairman David Croston promises to investigate allegations made in a new report released earlier this week by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on web filtering, reports local blog Hard Deadlines. According to the ACLU report, Portsmouth is the only district in the state to block websites with material on religion and entertainment, reports EastBayRI.com. The report also claims the Portsmouth School District blocks material and websites which include information on gay and lesbian rights, according to EastBayRI.com. Croston told those in attendance at Tuesday's meeting he would look into the report. What do you think about the ACLU report? Do you think Portsmouth schools go too far in web filtering? …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Portsmouth School Committee voted Tuesday night to appoint a new Director of Finance and Administration.
The following is from a press release from the Portsmouth School District. The Portsmouth School Committee approved the hiring of Christopher DiIuro to the position of Director of Finance and Administration. The vote took place Tuesday night at the school committee meeting. Chris is a finance and accounting executive with 20 years of experience. He is a graduate of the Boston College Carroll School of Management, where he earned degrees in both finance and accounting. "I am absolutely thrilled we were able to attract Chris to Portsmouth. His tenure here will be transformational, said David Croston, committee chairman. "Chris stood out to the sub-committee in all facets: accounting, personnel, and operations. Portsmouth is very lucky to …
Monday, February 11, 2013
As of 9:25 p.m. Sunday, the Portsmouth School District planned to open all schools on Monday while parents voiced their frustration on social media.
The following was written Sunday at 9:25 p.m. Updated Monday at 6:09 a.m. Portsmouth parents voiced their anger and frustration Sunday evening after the Portsmouth School District made plans to open schools Monday. [Update] The Portsmouth superintendent announced schools will be closed Monday at 5:45 a.m. The cancellation was due to a "change in weather forecast," according to the local blog Hard Deadlines. Some parents posted pictures of snow-covered bus stops on Facebook, like the one featured at right, as an attempt to persuade school officials. However, as of 9:25 p.m. Sunday, Portsmouth school officials had made no announcements of school closings. Some parents claimed they received an e-mail about the schools being open Monday; …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Portsmouth Town Council will hear the request at a meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The Portsmouth Town Council will take up a number of issues tonight, including the school department's request to borrow $750,000. The school district is seeking the funds for school fire code upgrades at Hathaway Elementary School. The school department is also seeking an increase to the school department expenditure line. Tonight's meeting will be a joint budget workshop, followed by an executive session to discuss the Notice of Violation from the Department of Environmental Management. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. To see the full agenda, click here.
Monday, January 28, 2013
The Portsmouth Town Council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The Portsmouth Town Council will take up a number of issues tonight, including hearing updates on a potential "coyote issue" in town. According to the meeting agenda, the council will discuss "a Potential Coyote-Related Ordinance and Update on Coyote-Related Issues." The council will also hear from three applicants who are interested in serving on the Portsmouth School Committee. A seat on the school committee became vacant this past November after member Jonathan Harris resigned one day after the General Election. The town council is responsible for appointing a member to the committee. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. To see the full agenda, click here.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The Portsmouth School Committee welcomed new members this past Tuesday.
The Portsmouth School Committee unanimously elected member David Croston to serve as its new chairman on Tuesday night. The committee also unanimously elected newcomer Terri-Denise Cortvriend as the vice chairwoman, according to meeting highlights. Thomas Vadney was elected to serve as clerk. Croston welcomed the school committee's newest members: Emily A. Copeland, Cortvriend, Andrew V. Kelly and John L. Wojichowski. All of the new members are Democrats. All of the members were voted into office during this past General Election. The school committee also accepted the resignation of Robert Ettinger, principal for Hathaway Elementary School. The school department recently posted an advertisement for this position. To see more from the…