2011-10-27 / News

Jamestown graduates will attend NKHS in 2012

The School Committee at its Oct. 20 business meeting confirmed its intentions to send Jamestown students to North Kingstown High School for the 2012-13 school year.

Although no formal action is required, the committee decided that Jamestown Superintendent Marcia Lukon would send a letter acknowledging such a decision to North Kingstown Superintendent Phil Auger, according to the School Committee Action Notes.

At previous School Committee meetings, Lukon said that Jamestown would keep its options open to where it would send its Lawn Avenue graduates. Among the schools contacted were Portsmouth, East Greenwich and Narragansett. Both the Portsmouth and East Greenwich superintendents have expressed interest in recent past and said they have the room to accommodate the Jamestown students.

School Committee Chairwoman Cathy Kaiser and Julia Held, Jamestown’s representative on the North Kingstown School Committee, reported that Auger identified the benefi ts of the North Kingstown system having the Jamestown students attend its high school at its Oct. 11 meeting.

Also at the Jamestown meeting, Lukon shared the science scores from the recently released New England Common Assessment Program tests. Jamestown ranked fourth in the state “in a comparison of the percentage of students scoring above profi- cient” in each district’s fourth-grade classes. Using the same comparison, Jamestown ranked second for eighthgraders.

According to the action notes, fourth-graders scoring proficient or above in the NECAP has increased by nearly 35 percent since 2008. During the same time period, eighthgrade scores have increased 33 percent. Lawn Avenue Principal Kathy Almanzor and Melrose Avenue School Principal Carole Melucci credit the “district’s introduction of science journaling, with related professional development for teachers, for the strong performance.”

In other new business, the committee revised a draft resolution provided by the Rhode Island Association of School Committees concerning the recent pension reform legislation. The committee unanimously approved the resolution “urging the legislature to enact reforms to the teacher pension system along the lines of Senate Bill 1111 and House Bill 6319, such that there will be no additional burden placed on school districts and municipalities.”

Senate Bill 1111 and House Bill 6319 are identical bills that were introduced in a special General Assembly session on Oct. 18. The legislation is better known as the Rhode Island Retirement Security Act of 2011.

In other news, Aramark’s monthly report said that there have been increased meal sales at both Jamestown schools. Aramark had taken over for Sodexho as the Jamestown School Department’s food vendor at the beginning of the school year.

Also, the committee voted 5-0 not to proceed with the energy audit after Town Administrator Bruce Keiser agreed with school administration that the “district not participate in the next level of the audit process, due to the inordinate amount of staff time required.” According to administration, the time obligation is “disproportionate to the benefits to be derived.”

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