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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 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

Rep. Dennis M. Canario (third from right) presents a $5,000 legislative grant to Ray Davis of the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition at a ceremony attended by other members of the Coalition.

Portsmouth Prevention Coalition gets $5,000 grant

PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Prevention Coalition was recently awarded a $5,000 grant that will be used to increase its coordinator’s hours to 20 per week. Rep. Dennis M. Canario (D-Dist. 71, Portsmouth, Little Compton, Tiverton) presented the legislative grant to assist with the continuing work of the coalition study. The funds will be used to


Survey: Alcohol still drug of choice for Portsmouth youth

PORTSMOUTH — The latest results from a town-wide survey on substance abuse has reinforced something the coordinator of the Portsmouth Prevention Coalition says he already knew: “We’ve got a very serious problem in Portsmouth,” said Ray Davis of the Coalition, a non-profit group focused on substance abuse prevention issues in the town. “I mean the Town

Retiring third-grade teacher Cindy Kneller holds signs — spelling out "Terrific" — that some students had made up in her honor at an assembly at Hathaway Elementary School Friday.

Beloved Portsmouth third-grade teacher retires (gallery)

PORTSMOUTH — Like every other third-grade teacher, Cindy Kneller has been responsible for instructing her pupils in several different areas of study. What she’s best known for, however, is fostering a great love for writing and storytelling. On Friday, her last day after 20 years of teaching in the same room at Hathaway Elementary School, Mrs.

Space is now available at Hathaway (pictured) and Melville schools for the full-day kindergarten programs, according to school officials.

Portsmouth schools expected to approve full-day K tonight

PORTSMOUTH — It looks like all-day kindergarten is finally coming to Portsmouth. The School Committee is expected to approve the much-anticipated plan at its meeting tonight, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the high school library. Currently the district offers half-day kindergarten classes at Hathaway and Melville schools. “With the strategic plan, one of the core

Ports. school admin building

Portsmouth schools hold the line on budget

PORTSMOUTH — Before an empty audience Monday night, the School Committee formally approved a $37.42 million budget proposal for 2013-2014 that represents a .4 percent decrease over the current spending plan. The $37,419,133 budget, $149,307 less than the current one, was sent to the Town Council for review. The contribution from local taxpayers would be


Portsmouth schools dispute ACLU criticism on web filtering

PORTSMOUTH — Portsmouth is the only public school district in the state that blocks students from viewing online material on religion and entertainment, according to a report released Monday by the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Furthermore, the ACLU report contends, the district’s internet filtering software also blocks access to the


Portsmouth NECAP scores well above state average

PORTSMOUTH — Although Portsmouth students once again scored well above the statewide averages in the latest round of New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) testing, school officials say there’s still room for improvement. Results from the fall 2012 NECAP tests, given to students in grades 3 to 8, and 11, indicated that overall, Portsmouth students held