Tuesday, April 30, 2013
School Committee Member Bill Mudge asserts the contract with Jamestown students is costing the town millions of dollars.
Tuesday, April 30
To the editor, The superintendent of schools, Dr. Phil Auger, has repeatedly stated over the past two years that North Kingstown “makes a profit of between $1.2 and $1.4 million” by providing a high school education for approximately 200 Jamestown students. I find no empirical evidence that supports this conclusion. If you have been unwittingly persuaded by Dr. Auger’s unsubstantiated rhetoric, it’s time for you to hear the truth, the whole truth, about Jamestown tuition rates. Unfortunately, there is an abundance of evidence that will substantiate an “indifferent mindset” by past members of both the Town Council and School Committee has cost North Kingstown taxpayers a minimum of $5 million over the past 10 years. That’s correct, $5 …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
School Committee member calls for emergency meeting to address bus issue.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
In accordance with School Committee Policy “BE,” I am polling each member of the committee for the purpose of convening an emergency and/or a special meeting of the committee on Wednesday (Sept. 5), Thursday (Sept, 6), or Friday (Sept. 7) of this coming week to discuss and vote on the following items: 1) Restoring bus transportation services (safety issue) to the children of Yorktown Manner who attend Davisville Middle School, and to 2) Restore bus transportation services (sleep time issue) as required to revering back to last year’s school start times. I believe a serious safety issue has been created by discontinuing transportation services to the children of Yorktown Manor and we have adversely impacted our children’s ability …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Contentious debate filled Tuesday night's meeting as the School Committee passed $1.6 million in cuts.
After delaying action at its last meeting, the North Kingstown School Committee made $1.6 million in cuts to make up a $2.7 million shortfall for the fiscal 2013 budget. The two most controversial of these cuts were the removal of freshman sports, hockey and gymnastics for a total savings of $46,050. Superintendent Phil Auger noted that the latter two were cut due to “higher relative cost and lower relative participation.” “I hope that we’re going to run those sports next year but it is my hope to do so with private funds,” said Auger. Early in the discussion, Vice Chairman Richard Welch suggested keeping the sports programs but nixing two positions that Auger wanted to add for the upcoming year — a fulltime special education …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Republican Joe Thompson has announced he plans to resign from the North Kingstown School Committee Wednesday night.
Republican Joe Thompson plans to officially step down from the North Kingstown School Committee Wednesday night. The first-term committee member will hand in his letter of resignation at Wednesday night's North Kingstown Republican Town Committee meeting after a contentious year on the School Committee. For Thompson, the frustrations came to a head at the committee’s Dec. 13 meeting when Chair Kimberly Page allowed a revote of a $6.4-million bond issue to repair schools and barred exemptions from the night’s consent agenda, prompting Thompson and fellow School Committee member Bill Mudge to walk out of the meeting. Thompson believes that, in that meeting, the committee violated Robert's Rules of Order – a handbook for operations and rules …