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Hathaway School Principal Lisa Little

Portsmouth School Committee selects Hathaway principal

Portsmouth School Committee selects Hathaway principal

PORTSMOUTH — Lisa Little can now wipe the word “interim” from the front of her job title. The School Committee Tuesday night voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Little as principal of Hathaway Elementary School, a job she’s served on an interim basis since Suzanne Madden left the district last year. In selecting her, the committee was

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ACLU sees racial disparities in Portsmouth school suspensions

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth public schools last year suspended black students more than five times as often “as would be expected based on their school population,” according to a report issued this week by the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In addition, the report says the district suspended Hispanic students more than

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Portsmouth starts intensive review of school budget

PORTSMOUTH — The School Committee has begun the painful process of going through next year’s budget with a fine-tooth comb in hopes of finding significant savings. The committee scheduled three consecutive meetings this week alone — Monday through Wednesday — to whittle away at the spending plan for the district, which is expected to lose about $531,000

Saturday’s meeting was a rare joint meeting of the Town Council and School Committee. From left are Town Council member David Gleason, Town Clerk Joanne Mower, School Committee member Frederick Faerber, council member Keith Hamilton, committee member Emily Copeland, council member Molly Magee, committee member Thomas Vadney, Committee Chairman David Croston, Council President James Seveney, committee member Terri Cortvriend, council member Michael Buddemeyer, committee member John Wojichowski, council member Elizabeth Pedro, committee member Andrew Kelly, Interim School Supt. Barbara McGann, Town Administrator John Klimm, school Finance Director Chris DiIuro and town Finance/Personnel Director James Lathrop.

Portsmouth’s projected deficit for 2015 nearly $2M

PORTSMOUTH — A grim budget picture was painted by members of the Town Council and School Committee during a rare joint meeting Saturday morning. Unless savings or new revenue streams are found during the budget review process in the coming months, the town’s projected total deficit for fiscal year 2015 stands at about $1.96 million. Of

“We’re lucky enough that the president of the United Sates invites us to play in his front yard. That’s how great we are,” said Ralph Craft, a parent volunteer in the high school music program. The PHS Marching Band performed in President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade in January 2013.

Portsmouth art, music programs strongly supported

PORTSMOUTH — Hanging outside the Portsmouth High School auditorium is a photograph, entitled “Blue Reflection,” of which Cara Higgins is very proud. It’s hers, and was one of 19 works by PHS students this year to win a R.I. Art Education Association scholastic art award — the most earned by any district in the state. Her voice

The School Committee meets at 7 p.m. tonight, Feb. 11, in the Portsmouth High School auditorium.

Portsmouth teacher non-renewals on agenda tonight

PORTSMOUTH — Non-renewal notices to teachers will be the main topic of discussion when the School Committee meets tonight, Feb. 11. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Portsmouth High School auditorium. Seventy-one notices of non-renewal are expected to be issued — an unavoidable reality in light of an uncertain school budget forecast, according to School

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Task force seeks efficiency in Portsmouth government

PORTSMOUTH — They usually make decisions independent of one another, but now members of the Town Council and School Committee are sitting down together in hopes of finding common ground, saving taxpayers money and making local government run more efficiently. “We can be a better ‘company’ through this efficiency review,” said School Committee Chairman David Croston,


Portsmouth teachers approve 3-year contract

PORTSMOUTH — The local teachers’ union has ratified a three-year contract with the school district that calls for modest salary increases, increased sharing of health care costs and larger class sizes. The School Committee is expected to formally approve the contract at its 7 p.m. meeting tonight, Nov. 26, at Town Hall. Under the contract approved


Portsmouth council votes to demolish Elmhurst chapel

PORTSMOUTH — Provided the contractor agrees to get the job done before next spring, those chapel walls will be tumbling down. The Town Council Monday night voted unanimously to demolish everything north of the music room at the former Elmhurst School, closed since 2010. This includes the chapel, which some in town had hoped to preserve