Monday, September 17, 2012
With multiple pools of mosquitoes testing positive for EEE and WNV, health officials are urging schools and towns to reschedule outdoor sports.
The Rhode Island Department of Health is urging towns and schools to practice "smart scheduling" of outdoor sports amidst the rising threat of mosquito-borne illnesses. According to an advisory from North Kingstown Superintendent Phil Auger, all outdoor school department nighttime games and practices slated for 6 p.m. or later will be rescheduled to the afternoon until further notice. So far this year, five pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) while another four have tested positive for West Nile Virus across the state. Earlier this month, mosquitoes from a test pool near Wickford tested positive for Highlands J virus. Though the virus does not affect humans, it is an indicator environmental …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
President of the NK support professionals union is asking residents to contact the school department and get its custodians back on the department's payroll.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
To the editor, I am Nancy Ferencko – president of the North Kingstown Educational Support Professionals, a resident of North Kingstown, a voter, a taxpayer, former PTSO member, former LINKS volunteer and a paraprofessional for 26 years. I want to tell the community that all the clerks, cafeteria workers, paraprofessionals, maintenance workers, mini bus drivers and former custodians have the students and their parents at heart. Yes, we did have an informational rally on Monday, Sept. 10 at the high school from 6:15 to 6:30 a.m. I personally spoke to Superintendent Phil Auger, Assistant Superintendent Michele Humbyrd and Ms. Debbie Gardiner from HR on Friday morning. I assured them that we would be having an informational rally, not a …
Friday, September 7, 2012
SMH-Quidnessett Elementary school's Elizabeth Tully has been named the 2012 Support Professional of the year in North Kingstown.
Parents of Suzanne M. Henseler Quidnessett Elementary School are more than familiar with the name Elizabeth "Liz" Tully, the school's front office clerk who has just been named North Kingstown's 2012 Support Professional of the Year. Tully has been with the North Kingstown School District for more than 25 years. Her work at SMH-Quidnessett is an "all-day affair": she oversees much of organizational work of the school, is involved in the school's PTO and School Improvement Team, has produced Quid's elaborate after-school plays and even makes all the costumes for the plays. "She does all this with a smile on her face and even finds time to help train new clerks in the district," said Superintendent Phil Auger in the announcement. "She has …
Friday, August 31, 2012
The Hayward family is urging others to run in this year's NK5K in memory of their daughter Marissa, who passed away almost two years ago.
Friday, August 31, 2012
The upcoming NK5K is less than 2 weeks away and as a family who has seen the good that comes from this event; we thought this a wonderful opportunity to share our own experience. Our daughter Marissa, who passed less than two years ago as the result of a car accident, had a scholarship established in her name through the NK5K. Proceeds from this walk/race benefit students in NK schools, supporting activities and providing scholarships to graduating seniors. Last year Marissa’s friends organized a team in her name to participate in the NK5K, to come together in celebration of Marissa’s life as well as give back to this town. Friends and family participated not only in RI but in California, Florida, Wyoming, Hawaii, NY, North Carolina, VT, …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The union and school department have reached an agreement over ESP's contract.
After a union strike on Tuesday, North Kingstown will open for the first day of the school year a day late, according to WJAR-TV. Superior Court Judge Brian P. Stern announced that an agreement had been reached between the North Kingstown School Department and the Educational Support Professionals union, who were on strike to protest contract negotiations and the outsourcing of the school district's custodians. Earlier this summer, the North Kingstown School Committee voted to outsource its custodial services – firing 26 custodians. According to School Committee Chair Kimberly Page, only six of the 26 custodians were not rehired by the incoming company, GCA. The union – 150 of the district's support staff including paraprofessionals, …
A strike by a local union halted the start of school in North Kingstown.
On what would have been North Kingstown's first day back to school, passerby saw picket signs instead of students and school buses outside of North Kingstown High School. Though parents and students were given a tentative warning of a potential strike from Superintendent Phil Auger on Sunday, the official cancellation of the first day of school wasn't sent out until 6:30 a.m. Tuesday – 45 minutes before the high school's start time. According to many parents, however, the notification came too late as several high school students were already heading to the bus stops. In some cases, students were already on the bus when they received word that school was cancelled. “This is about our kids,” said parent Kelly McPartlin. “My children are …
The North Kingstown School Department and Educational Support Professionals are heading to court this afternoon.
While North Kingstown students are getting another day of summer vacation, the school department and Educational Support Professionals union will be heading to court this afternoon to resolve a labor strike in protest of outsourced custodial services and contract negotiations. School officials filed an injuction Tuesday morning, asking a judge to force the 150 ESP employees back to work and reopen schools for the start of the new school year. A hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. in Washington Superior Court. The strike comes after both parties failed to reach an agreement regarding the union's contract – which has been under negotiations for the past year and a half. Earlier this summer, the North Kingstown School Committee rejected an …
North Kingstown schools will not be open today due to a strike by the ESP union.
A labor union strike is halting the start of school in North Kingstown. In an email blast from the school superintendent, Dr. Phil Auger notified parents early this morning that the union – which had hinted at a strike over contract negotiations – was in fact going on strike the first day of the 2012-13 academic year. The strike is also in protest of the school committee's decision to outsource the school district's custodial services. The school department and the ESP union are still negotiating a contract, which has been ongoing for the past year and a half. Earlier this summer, the North Kingstown School Committee rejected an arbitrator's award and decided to outsource the district's custodial services. Twenty-six custodians were laid …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Show off your back-to-school haircut and upload your photos here.
Even though Tuesday will mark the end of summer for North Kingstown students with the start of school, it's not exactly a somber day. Sure the days of lounging around the house, pestering parents with the proverbial "what are we doing today?" queries will end...but now you get to show off that tan you developed over the summer and your new back-to-school clothes – whether it's a totally new wardrobe or a cool shirt you nabbed off the racks at Salvation Army for $2. Oh, and who can forget the proverbial back-to-school haircut? Tis the week for haircuts and fresh new looks for the fresh new school year. Don't wait until Tuesday to show off your new look: upload your new back-to-school haircuts here! Click the "upload button below to share. …
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Five things principals, educators, PTO members, parents and students need to know.
- BACK TO SCHOOL
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
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