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Committee approves changes to current, future East Providence school calendar

Committee approves changes to current, future East Providence school calendar

EAST PROVIDENCE — At its meeting Tuesday night, March 24, the East Providence School Committee approved a plan authored by Superintendent Kim Mercer and previously passed by the teachers’ union on a way to make up days lost this term to snow. By a 5-0 vote, the Committee gave its nod to Superintendent Mercer’s proposal


77 refuse PARCC test in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH — The School Department received 77 “opt-out” requests from families of students who refused to take the PARCC test beginning March 16, Assistant Superintendent Thomas W. Kenworthy told the School Committee Tuesday night. PARCC (Partnership for Assessments of Readiness for College and Careers) is the new state assessment test that began this year. Rhode Island

The gymnasium at Barrington Middle School.

Barrington school evacuated after gas leak detected

For the second time this winter, a Barrington public school was evacuated after a natural gas leak was detected outside the building. Early on Tuesday morning, March 24, officials smelled the odor of natural gas outside Barrington Middle School. Students and faculty followed evacuation procedures and vacated the building while members of the Barrington Fire

George Finn, the high school's director of athletics, said spring sports would benefit from a new turf field.

Barrington’s turf plan is put on ice

A volunteer-driven project to bring artificial turf to Barrington High School took a big hit last Thursday night, when the Barrington School Committee voted against the proposal. Kate Brody, Bob Shea and Paula Dominguez voted not to endorse a $1.5 million bond at this year’s financial town meeting. The bond, paired with $1 million in

From left, Warren firefighter Paul Dantuono, Bristol Patrol Patrolman Tim Gallison, Ann Marie Roy, Mike Carbone, Marie Ursini, Don Decker, Warren firefighter Bonnie Siharath and Bristol Patrolman Keith Medeiros take a group photo during the training.

Teens learn toll drugs, alcohol can take

When Tori Lynn Andreozzi was 12 years old she was a straight-A student who never said an unkind word about anyone. She was the glue that held together her tight-knit circle of friends, an accomplished and dedicated athlete, and a loyal and loving sister and daughter. Then, while walking home from school one spring day,

Some parents who are opposed to PARCC say these “badges” can be handed out to teachers if their children are too shy to verbally refuse the test.

‘Handful’ of Portsmouth students refuse PARCC

PORTSMOUTH — Although the school district had no formal provision in place for parents to have their children opt out of the PARCC assessments that began this week, Assistant Superintendent Thomas W. Kenworthy confirmed that a “handful” of pupils refused to take the test. On Monday the district began the first round of PARCC (Partnership for

From left to right: Dr. Frank Ford, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science at PC; Teddy Ni, William Yao, Mario Correia, Barrington High School advisor, Rachel Sheinberg, Sahil Mishra, and Charles Haberle, assistant vice president of academic affairs at PC.

Barrington students take second at computer contest

A team of students from Barrington High School finished second at the 29th annual High School Programming Contest, which is sponsored by Providence College. The contest was held on March 9. Teddy Ni, Rachel Sheinberg, Sahil Mishra and William Yao helped Barrington finish ahead of 12 other teams at New England’s largest math/computer competition. There were

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ACLU questions minority hiring practices in East Providence

PROVIDENCE —  The East Providence School Department made headlines this week for all the wrong reasons after a letter authored by the local branch of the American Civil Liberties Union condemning the district’s minority hiring practices was released to media outlets. Steven Brown, Executive Director of the Rhode Island ACLU, said he was writing the