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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 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

Nancy Souza has been recognized by both the School Committee and Town Council for saving the life of a student earlier this year.

Portsmouth school nurse recognized for saving student

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Middle School nurse got a big pat on the back from the School Committee Tuesday night. Earlier this year, Nancy Souza was credited for saving a young student’s life at the school. The student, who has diabetes, had suffered a grand map seizure due to low blood sugar. Ms. Souza quickly

The former science teacher and now Portsmouth superintendent of schools, Ana C. Riley, poses for a picture inside the Melville Elementary School library. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth superintendent eager for start of school

PORTSMOUTH — Ana. C Riley, who was appointed Portsmouth’s new superintendent of schools in June, has been doing her summer reading on “big picture stuff” such as the district’s strategic plan, budget and more. It’s obvious in talking to her that the first day of school can’t come soon enough. “It’s almost like the buildings

Ana C. Riley is Portsmouth’s new superintendent of schools.

Ana Riley appointed Portsmouth’s new superintendent

PORTSMOUTH — There will soon be a new school superintendent in town, and her name is Ana C. Riley. The School Committee Tuesday night voted unanimously to appoint Ms. Riley, who has served as the superintendent of schools in Dartmouth for the past two years, having first been hired as assistant superintendent in 2008. She will succeed Interim Supt.

Members of the School Committee view a photograph created by Amanda Chisholm, who won a Gold Key Award as well as the national American Visions Award for her work.

Portsmouth puts spotlight on student achievement

PORTSMOUTH — Official business was put aside entirely — well, almost entirely — so the School Committee could recognize the district’s high-achieving students Tuesday night. Inside a crowded high school auditorium, students who excelled in the arts and music, math and sciences, sports and other fields were commended for their accomplishments this year in an hour-long

Hathaway School Principal Lisa Little

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

Portsmouth High School

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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