2006-10-26 / Front Page

Disney to film at Lawn school

By Donna K. Drago

At the Oct. 19 meeting of the School Committee, Superintendent Robert Power told members that he had agreed to let Disney Studios use the Lawn Avenue School to film some scenes for the upcoming "Dan in Real Life," a movie starring Steve Carrell and Juliette Binoche.

Power said he gave the director and producers a tour of the building, and they agreed that the school met their needs. "It's going to happen," Power said.

After the meeting, Power said he did not negotiate any monetary compensation with the film studio, but said "I would hope they'd make an offer" of a donation of some kind. He said if he had his way, he would love to see a school assembly about the film industry as a career choice with members of the cast and crew speaking to the children about their jobs. "That's what I really want," Power said.

Power said he did not have filming dates or times yet, but the plan is to film when students are not in the building.

In other business, the School Committee:

+ Voted 3-0 to approve the new Substitute Teacher Policy, which ups the daily rate for substitutes in the coming years. Committee members William "Bucky" Brennan and James Filkins were not present at the meeting.

+ Tabled a discussion on bringing in tuition-paying students because the schools' attorney had not yet provided a position paper on the subject.

+ Heard from Gerry Foley, principal of North Kingstown High School, that buses in North Kingstown arrive at the school in time for students to take advantage of the breakfast program, which runs from 6:55 to 7:10 a.m., but that Jamestown buses often do not make it to school until about 7:05. Foley said it was a concern because "if they don't get breakfast, they may not eat again until noon."

+ Learned from the superintendent that he had attended a conference in Vermont at which he learned that districts are going to

learned that districts are going to be encouraged to begin programs of random drug testing in grade 7. He said there were opinions on both sides of the issue, and "we haven't heard the last of this."

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