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Portsmouth school board candidates outline goals

Portsmouth school board candidates outline goals

PORTSMOUTH — Reigning in the budget, improving academic standards, bullying and even the wind turbine were all issues that candidates for School Committee said they would focus on if elected. Six people, ranging in age from 18 to 67, are running for four-year terms on the board. Seven people originally filed nomination papers to run back


Candidates Nights in Portsmouth Wednesday, Thursday

PORTSMOUTH — Meet some of the folks who are running for Town Council and School Committee at two Candidates Nights Wednesday and Thursday Oct. 8-9. Presented by the taxpayer watchdog group Portsmouth Concerned Citizens, both nights begin at 7 p.m. in the Town Council chambers at Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road. Attendees will have the

Portsmouth High School Principal Robert Littlefield at the school’s graduation exercises last spring. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth school administrators can’t bargain as a team

PORTSMOUTH — Principals and assistant principals will negotiate for separate labor contracts going forward, the School Committee unanimously voted Monday night. Under the previous school policy, the Portsmouth School Administrators Association, which represents principals and the vice principals, had negotiated the contracts as a unit. Committee members, however, said they’ve been compelled to revoke the

File photo of the track and turf field at Portsmouth High School. The track’s lanes have since been striped.

Portsmouth/RWU athletics pact moves forward

PORTSMOUTH — The School Committee Monday night agreed to move ahead with a deal that members say will benefit athletes at both Portsmouth High School and Roger Williams University (RWU). PHS wants a new practice facility for its swim team, while RWU needs a NCAA-grade track and field complex. Monday night, the committee voted 6-1

Thomas W. Kenworthy has been selected new assistant superintendent for the Portsmouth school district. He expects to start his new job here next month.

Kenworthy appointed Portsmouth assistant superintendent

PORTSMOUTH — Thomas W. Kenworthy, Ed.D., currently principal of North Kingstown High School (NKHS), was unanimously selected by the School Committee Tuesday night to be the Portsmouth school district’s new assistant superintendent. Mr. Kenworthy succeeds Jeffrey Schoonover, who left the district earlier this year to take a superintendent’s position in Somerset. He will be paid a

Briana Pacheco, 19, and Austin Bateman, 8, play a game of foosball  on the last day of Portsmouth Action for Youth’s summer camp program Aug. 15. PAY discontinued its after-school program because it was unable to secure an agreement with the school district.

Portsmouth offers after-school care for grades 4, 5

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth Action for Youth’s (PAY) after-school program may be out on the street, but some parents now have an alternative. Portsmouth Middle School is offering an after-school program for fourth- and fifth-graders five days a week, according to Town Council member David Gleason, who said he learned about it after meeting Wednesday morning with

Genevieve Bateman (left) and Lauren Shaw, both 9, play Minecraft while relaxing Friday morning at PAY’s summer camp. Friday was the last day of camp. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth parents bemoan loss of after-school program

PORTSMOUTH — With the start of school only days away, Sheri Vincent is scrambling to find afternoon child care for her 9-year-old son. Just last week, Ms. Vincent learned that Portsmouth Action for Youth’s after-school program is likely shutting down this year. Adding insult to injury, she was also notified last week that a different program

The new turf field at Portsmouth High School officially opened to students Monday, as cheerleaders, athletes and marching band members broke it in for the first time before the start of school on Tuesday. Here, PHS cheerleader Ashley Underhill (middle left) and her teammates practice a routine on the new turf Tuesday afternoon. The first home football game, against Rogers High School, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 12. It will be preceded by a fund-raising golf ball drop at 5:30 p.m., followed by the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6 p.m. School Committee member David Croston said the PHS tennis courts, which are also part of the “T3” project, will be surfaced starting Thursday, Aug. 21, and may be ready for play by the middle of next week. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr.

Portsmouth schools ended year with $425,000 surplus

PORTSMOUTH — The School Department ended fiscal year 2014 with an operating surplus of $425,323, Chris DiIuro, the district’s director of finance and administration, told the School Committee Tuesday night. That brought the district’s fund balance to about $3.4 million. “These are preliminary numbers; we have not had our audit yet,” said Mr. DiIuro. Revenues