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Portsmouth’s proposed budget calls for small increase

Portsmouth’s proposed budget calls for small increase

PORTSMOUTH — In one of his final acts as town administrator, John C. Klimm has proposed a $58.26 million budget for the next fiscal year that calls for an overall increase of less than 1 percent over the current spending plan. “My budget proposal contains a 0 percent funding request from our School Department, a 0

Melville School and the other three schools in the district will be getting a new boiler system under a $2.6 million plan approved by the School Committee Tuesday night.

Portsmouth schools counter town on surplus flap

PORTSMOUTH — Just over two weeks after the Town Council approved a resolution calling for the General Assembly to change state law on how school surpluses can be expended, the School Committee Tuesday night adopted its own resolution asking legislators to keep things the way they are. School Committee member Thomas R. Vadney proposed the resolution,

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Portsmouth moves ahead with school truancy court

PORTSMOUTH — If you’re a student who wants to play hooky in Portsmouth, you may soon have to explain your truant ways before a judge. The School Committee Tuesday night voted to move ahead with a plan to establish an in-house truancy court to address absenteeism in the district. The committee will now pursue talks with

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Portsmouth schools pass budget with zero increase

PORTSMOUTH — “We ought to be hearing ‘hurrays’ from Town Hall when this is presented,” School Committee member Emily Copeland said of the $37.27 million school budget for fiscal year 2016 that was unanimously approved Tuesday night. The proposed spending plan is $557,985 less than the current budget of $37.83 million, a decrease of 1.48 percent.


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


Portsmouth to state: Change school surplus law

PORTSMOUTH — Saying it should have the authority to tap into unexpended school funds, the Town Council Monday night voted 4-2 to ask state lawmakers to change a Rhode Island law that now prevents any school surplus funds to be returned to the town. Council member Joseph Robicheau proposed a resolution that requests the General Assembly

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


Portsmouth schools, town crunch budget numbers

PORTSMOUTH — Town and school officials presented a sneak preview of their five-year budget projections on a frigid Saturday morning at Town Hall. The workshop, which lasted a little over an hour, was intended to give each side a look at their respective fiscal challenges before budget season, and to mull methods to improve its longterm

Portsmouth High School Principal Robert Littlefield shared this photo showing an entrance to PHS that had been cleared by custodians following the blizzard Juno.

Portsmouth schools agree to explore sharing some services

PORTSMOUTH — In a move aimed at both saving money and improving efficiency, the School Committee Thursday voted to explore the sharing of information technology (IT) and grounds maintenance/facilities services with the town. On a motion by committee member Thomas R. Vadney, the panel voted 6-0 to direct Superintendent of Schools Ana C. Riley to work

The sign outside Town Hall is adorned with purple lights. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth painted purple to support prevention efforts

PORTSMOUTH — Once again, Portsmouth is flashing its purple power this week to show its support of efforts in town to keep kids off drugs and alcohol. Project Purple, an initiative of The Herren Project, a nonprofit established by Portsmouth resident Chris Herren, officially got underway Monday but was shoveled under the snow by Hugo for