An Open Letter to South Kingstown Taxpayers and Voters

On Friday, April 26, 2019, the South Kingstown School Committee held an emergency meeting that was called to order at about 10:00 a.m. in the South Kingstown Administration Building conference room. It appears the notice for this emergency meeting was posted one day after there was an announcement on social media [April 23, 2019] that South Kingstown School Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow accepted a similar position with the Norwich, Connecticut School Department and on... Continue Reading →

Contingency Committee

From June - October 2018, the school contingency committee met with the goal of creating enrollment triggers for when the district should alter the current long term facility plan. While most in community were narrowly concerned with a "high side trigger," when we would reconsider keeping a 4th elementary school, many of us in the... Continue Reading →

An SK Budget Viewpoint

by Gary Chapman The South Kingstown 2019-2020 preliminary Town Budget has been adopted by the Town Council.  They will make final budget decisions on April 29. There are wants and needs all around us shouting for more tax dollars.  What is the answer? Let’s begin with the school budget.  Since the schools get 73 cents... Continue Reading →

PAT and the Cut List Charade

Now that nearly every person in town has had a chance to plead for the music program and Mr. Muir’s job, I figured I would add my $.02.  I’m not going to plead for anything, but instead express my dismay that the school committee has decided to again weaponize the cut-list charade and play on... Continue Reading →

A Concerning Pattern?

Why do we hire experts for their opinions and experience when we completely disregard them as it suits our own personal agendas? After watching the last several school committee meetings to say I have concerns feels like an understatement. The current majority on the school committee is not listening to the administrative staff that is... Continue Reading →

Not Fun Being Right.

The RIDE rejection of our Stage 2 application has been made public.  Incomplete, discrepancies, no information provided, these phrases litter the complete response from the RI School Building Authority.  A lot of folks are shaking their heads, trying to figure out what happened, who to blame, what to do next.  The answers are painfully clear,... Continue Reading →

Happy Anniversary Building Committee!

Over a month ago, the Building Committee held a meeting that was notable for several reasons. First, the committee (with community members in attendance) held a Skype meeting with Dr. McKibben, RGB's chosen demographer. Second, the committee was made aware of RIDE's decision to push our application to the November deadline. Finally, it is notable... Continue Reading →

Overtaxed by $165,000

Here’s a quick summary of the recent “over-tax” vote: Town Manager recommends a 1% increase to school funds.The School Committee asks for more school funding and by necessity would reduce the municipal program increases.  The infamous “cut list” is employed.In conjunction with recommended municipal increases, the maximum allowable transfer to the schools was calculated at... Continue Reading →

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