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School Committee Delays Action on Summer Sports Camp

Committee members request more information on the schools' enterprise fund.

Faced with a $2-million-plus budget deficit for 2013, the North Kingstown School Committee asked for more information on two sports-related initiatives remaining in this fiscal year.

John Boscardin questioned why the May 8 agenda had a consent agenda item approving an assistant boys' lacrosse coach when the season is already under way.

Superintendent Phil Auger acknowledged that the question of approving coaches after the season begins has come up before regarding other sports. He said he would research the issue and present information on how coaches are selected and appointed at the next meeting.

The committee then approved hiring Philip White for $2,433.75 as an assistant lacrosse coach, and approved Robert Vallee as an unpaid volunteer assistant boys' track and field coach.

William Mudge asked how the proposed $7,210 salary for Aaron Thomas as the Summer Sports Camp Director is determined, and Richard Welch asked to see details on the entire enterprise fund, which is funded by user fees.

Auger said he would respond with the information at the May 22 school committee meeting, and the item was tabled until then.

The committee approved the rest of the consent agenda.

Originally, the school committee was scheduled to discuss allowing a satellite, operated by Pathways Strategic Teaching Center, classroom at the high school. PSTC's program services children with autism and related disorders. The committee will revisit the issue at its May 22 meeting.

Concerned Resident May 10, 2012 at 01:41 PM
What a question.....can you confirm that you name is NK Parent??? Regardless, NK and particularly the SC need more individuals such as Joe to improve the SD.
Govstench May 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM
This school committee is now seeing first hand what has been going on in other communities across the state - no money. There are a lot of unanswered questions starting to surface with this school supt., he didn't appear to be prepared for the meeting. How you can have an agenda item on the consent calendar and not being able to defend the item is interesting. Perhaps all of the bravado with the school bond and the budget has finally caught up wth him. There are many sticky wickets that this committee has to wade through by June 30th. Perhaps all of those Title 16 regulations have finally caught up with them. On a side note, the OPEB liability facing this town will not go away anytime soon until there is a budget item created to pay that debt off. That is more money off the table. You still have that dark cloud in Providence with the union suit on pensions. If that case settles with the unions, you will see the doors close at Town Hall. No dough joe.
Concerned Resident May 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Difficult times have a way of exposing weaknesses and NKSC / SD is no exception. Rather than looking for and expecting that additional money will solve issues the minority should direct their attention to root cause solutions. While Dr Auger is passionate about education, as with the majority of the SC, he is no businessman. Unfortunately the SC has forced the TC to the point that the TC is now indirectly forcing the SC to "FIX IT"!
NK_Voter May 11, 2012 at 01:21 PM
True. The defenders of failure, waste, and the status quo will now be out in force attacking those who have the nerve to question. See some of the posts above for perfect examples of this ilk.
NK Parent May 11, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Sorry, I was being a little tongue-in-cheek. I do agree with you that the SC needs some help moving forward -- if anything to help deal with the combative relationship that's developed with the TC. We're going to have to disagree that someone like "Joe" would be anything but disasterous on the SC.

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