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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.

Joe Smith May 09, 2012 at 05:47 PM
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 Let's see - Do we know well in advance when each sport season starts? Yes Do we know what teams the school will enter? Yes Can we schedule on the S/C agenda a month before the start of the sports season a review of each team, who will be the coaches, their qualifications (especially if they meet RI coaching requirements), and their pay (or who is funding if externally funded)? -- Apparently not..
John Q. Public May 10, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Could be silliness, or it could be that the original assistant coach had to leave for some reason, or it could be the head coach took a few more players on the roster than anticipated, or it could be the team needed specific training in some area that this guy is very proficient at....could be a number of things.
Joe Smith May 10, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Could be that the Supt who has the luxury of a full-time, 100K athletic director should be able to answer that simple question as well as explain why this situation seems to be a recurring problem..
Dave May 10, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Get with the times, Joe, The NKSD has cut the Athletic Director position and may well be cutting ALL sports, and after school activities, so this shouldn't be a problem going forward. I agree there should be an effort to stop this practice and it has mostly stopped. I think I know why Superintendents keep leaving NK. Could be the bunch of obnoxious know it alls who expect complete perfection, and have a rude way ot communicating their dissatisfaction, it wears on them after a while.
NK Parent May 10, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Can you confirm that your real name is Joe Smith? That way I can be sure to not accidentally vote for you if you end up running for anything.
NKMom May 10, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Mr. Smith - if the household you live in and the business you work for, own or both is always perfect and runs without any hiccups, then I congratulate you, but for the real world things happen - coaches quit, schedules change, things happen. It may even be that someone forgot. But that happens to. Good sports programs are run by athletic directors...good sports programs are important for successful students and schools. The lack of an AD means more mistakes will be made...we're asking people to take on a huge job piecemeal. That just isn't smart business.
Concerned Resident May 10, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Possibly you should get with the times as there is not discussions of cutting ALL sports. You agree there should be an effort to stop this practice and it has mostly stopped......is that acceptable? Accountability is the norm as opposed to the exception.
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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