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Portsmouth schools pass budget with zero increase

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.

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

Some parents who are opposed to the PARCC test say these “badges” can be handed out to teachers if their children are too shy to verbally refuse the test.

Portsmouth expects some students to refuse PARCC

PORTSMOUTH — Although the school district has no formal provision for parents to have their children opt out of the PARCC assessments beginning next week, Assistant Superintendent Thomas W. Kenworthy Friday said he expects a “handful” of pupils will refuse to take the test. On Monday, March 16, the district will begin the first round of

Neal Belliveau of the Portsmouth Department of Public Works mixes sand and salt in anticipation of the blizzard Monday morning. Photo by Jim McGaw.

Portsmouth’s plea: Stay off the roads

PORTSMOUTH — First, the cancellations: All public schools in Portsmouth are closed Tuesday and all after-school or nighttime activities tonight have been canceled. Bradley School, Pennfield School, St. Philomela School, Portsmouth Abbey, Island Child Care Center, Island Day School and Countryside Children’s Center are also closed Tuesday. Town Hall and the transfer station will be closed Tuesday

Graph shows New England School Development Council enrollment projections for Portsmouth public schools over the next decade.

Portsmouth projected to lose 300 students by 2024

PORTSMOUTH — Total enrollment in the public school district will drop by an estimated 300 students over the next 10 years, according to a report submitted to the School Department this month. Enrollment projections serve as useful guides to school administrators for future educational planning. The report, prepared by New England School Development Council (NESDEC), is

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Report: Portsmouth school buildings need upgrades

PORTSMOUTH — The town’s high school needs more than $1 million in immediate repairs, according to a report a Providence architectural firm has submitted to the School Committee. Another $800,000 in “Priority 1” repairs — defined as those requiring immediate action — are needed at the town’s three other public schools, under recommendations put forth by RGB Architects

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Special ed meeting in Portsmouth Nov. 3

PORTSMOUTH — You can learn more about the Portsmouth school district’s recent decision to withdraw from the Newport County Regional Special Education Program at a meeting next week. The School Committee recently voted to withdraw from the program, effective at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. The action was taken after the School Committee

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

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