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Letter: Barrington School Committee should live within its budget

By   /  May 19, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  No Comments

To the editor: It is time for the School Committee to live within the budget proposed by the Committee on Appropriations.  Instead of baiting parents’ groups to do their bidding, the School Committee should show fiscal responsibility and policy leadership and acknowledge that the economic resources of Barrington’s taxpayers are limited and prioritize their efforts. […]

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Commentary: You think more kindergarten is better? Think again

By   /  May 19, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  3 Comments

By Tad Segal AT&T is currently running a cute television ad campaign featuring the slogan “More Is Better”.  You’ve probably seen the spots:  A deadpan actor in a suit crouches next to a group of what looks to be kindergarteners and asks them “Who thinks more is better than less?”  Hands go up.  Hilarity ensues. […]

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Letter: A compromise for full-day kindergarten in Barrington

By   /  May 17, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  5 Comments

To the editor: As the parents of a child about to enter kindergarten this year, we are writing to express our strong reservations about moving every child in Barrington to a system of full-day kindergarten. We fully respect the views of those who want full-day kindergarten, and we know these parents have the best interests […]

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Barrington School Committee endorses adding full-day kindergarten this fall

By   /  May 16, 2013  /  Government & Politics, News, Schools  /  No Comments

School committee members Patrick Guida (left) and Kate Brody, along with Bob Shea, voted Thursday night, May 16 to endorse adding full-day kindergarten this fall in Barrington schools.

In a close vote on Thursday night, Barrington School Committee members endorsed the implementation of full-day kindergarten in local schools this fall. However, the motion was a little bit complicated — it supported the implementation of full-day kindergarten this fall as long as there is enough funding in place for the new program and as […]

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Letter: Please show your support for full-day kindergarten in Barrington

By   /  May 15, 2013  /  Letters to the Editor, Opinion  /  No Comments

To the editor: We are writing in support of full-day kindergarten in Barrington in the 2013–2014 school year, when the State of Rhode Island, along with 44 other states, will be fully implementing the Common Core State Standards for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our state mandates that we adopt these standards and the […]

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Barrington school officials differ on when to add full-day kindergarten

By   /  May 9, 2013  /  News, Schools  /  1 Comment

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  Just about everyone who attended the Barrington School Committee meeting Thursday night, May 9, supported the implementation of full-day kindergarten in Barrington, but not all people could agree on when the program should be added. Barrington Schools Superintendent Mike Messore said his recommendation was to add full-day kindergarten next year, not this fall. School […]

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Key Barrington School Committee meeting is tonight at 7:30

By   /  May 9, 2013  /  News, Schools  /  1 Comment

Patrick Guida made the motion to approve a resolution reaffirming the school committee's support for the Common Core State Standards.

The Barrington School Committee will hold a meeting tonight, May 9, to discuss the creation of a full-day kindergarten program and the proposed school budget. The meeting will be held in the school committee room at 7:30 p.m. Full-day kindergarten has been a hot topic in town. School officials initially put a $141,000 placeholder in […]

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Online petition pushing for full-day kindergarten in Barrington

By   /  May 7, 2013  /  News, Schools  /  No Comments

AT&T officials are exploring the possibility of placing a cell tower at the Sowams School location.

A group called “Barrington Supports Full Day Kindergarten” has created an online petition calling for the creating of a full-day kindergarten program for the upcoming school year. It is not clear whether Barrington officials will offer the full-day program this year or at some other point in the future, although school administrators have said that […]

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Portsmouth approves full-day kindergarten

By   /  March 27, 2013  /  Schools  /  1 Comment

Five-year-old Grace Zamil, who attends a private preschool three days a week for four hours a day, will be making the jump to a full-day, five-day kindergarten program in the public schools starting in August.

PORTSMOUTH — Grace Zamil will be seeing a lot more of a classroom next year, but her parents say she’s ready for the challenge. The 5-year-old now attends morning classes at Portsmouth Nursery School three days a week. After school she comes home, has a snack, watches a little TV, maybe colors and plays with […]

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Portsmouth schools expected to approve full-day K tonight

By   /  March 26, 2013  /  Schools  /  No Comments

Space is now available at Hathaway (pictured) and Melville schools for the full-day kindergarten programs, according to school officials.

PORTSMOUTH — It looks like all-day kindergarten is finally coming to Portsmouth. The School Committee is expected to approve the much-anticipated plan at its meeting tonight, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the high school library. Currently the district offers half-day kindergarten classes at Hathaway and Melville schools. “With the strategic plan, one of the core […]

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