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Letter: Action on facility fees was rash decision

To the editor: The Portsmouth Times Article regarding the Portsmouth School Committee action on Aug. 25 (that canceled) fee waivers for local community organizations who use school facilities in support of Portsmouth students, has not been well-received by many in our community, including myself. What has prompted this sudden need to create an additional spending

Portsmouth Pop Warner is among the biggest users of the school district’s facilities.

Fee waivers to rent Portsmouth school facilities end in 2016

Above: Portsmouth Pop Warner is among the biggest users of the school district’s facilities. Photo by Richard W. Dionne Jr. PORTSMOUTH — Starting next July, there will be no more free rides when it comes to using public school facilities. The School Committee Tuesday night discussed two agenda items, both addressing the use of public school


Few show for Portsmouth budget hearing

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council breezed through Portsmouth’s 2016 fiscal budget in 37 minutes Wednesday night with little comment. Larry Fitzmorris of the taxpayer watchdog group Portsmouth Concerned Citizens said he counted only “eight civilians” in attendance at the annual budget hearing at the Portsmouth Middle School “Little Theater.” The rest were town officials or municipal

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Funding urged for Portsmouth student assistance job

PORTSMOUTH — Gael Berberick wasn’t the only school employee who heard from supporters at Tuesday night’s School Committee meeting. Several people spoke in favor of keeping the student assistance counselor’s job at the high school after representatives from the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition (PPC) said they could not longer afford to make its annual $19,000 contribution toward

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Portsmouth drops plan to charge residents for rescue runs

PORTSMOUTH — The Town Council has eliminated a plan to charge Portsmouth residents for ambulance service beyond what is paid by their insurance. The new proposal, intended as a revenue-generator to help defray the costs of future rescue vehicle purchases and other expenses, was originally included in the town administrator’s budget for next year. Discussion of

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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