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2008-08-20 15:01:02

By Mark Reynolds JOHNSTON -- Two School Committee candidates who see themselves as public watchdogs, looking out for the town's children and its taxpayers, are rallying support as they head to the Sept. 9 Democratic primary. Primary season has pitted incumbent Sandra Comella-Gabaree against Joseph W. Rotella, a father who says crowded conditions at his son's school play helped whet his appetite for service on the School Committee in District 4. In interviews yesterday, both candidates...

2008-08-20 15:01:02

By Richard C Dujardin Candidates discuss all-day kindergarten and closing classrooms at Greystone Elementary School. NORTH PROVIDENCE -- The School Committee's decision to establish a full-day kindergarten and to block the school superintendent's move to close two classrooms at the Greystone Elementary School were two of the items of contention at last night's candidates debate at the VFW Hall. The debate between School Committee Chairman Vito Martinelli and two of his opponents,...

2008-08-14 15:00:51

By Alisha A Pina; Chloe Thompson EAST PROVIDENCE -- Four superintendent hopefuls summarized their educational careers and views at Tuesday night's interviews with the School Committee. Questions from the packed audience, a last-minute addition to the process, extended the interviews later than expected. The committee then deliberated for more than 90 minutes in closed session and when they returned at 11 p.m., the board said it would announce its pick Sunday at 4 p.m. at the school...

2008-08-13 15:00:51

By Paul Davis NORTH KINGSTOWN -- Six weeks after the sudden departure of Priscilla Feir, the School Committee is again looking for a new superintendent. Last night, members voted unanimously to hire a new district leader by Feb. 1. Facing a growing deficit and forced to fire teachers and other staff, Feir quit after less than a year on the job. To help with the search, the School Committee last night approved a nearly $4,000 contract with the New England School Development Council,...

2008-08-13 15:00:51

By Alisha A Pina; Chloe Thompson Some School Committee members want to further research the four candidates before making a decision. EAST PROVIDENCE -- Four superintendent hopefuls summarized their educational careers and views at last night's interviews with the School Committee. Questions from the packed audience, a last-minute addition to the process, extended the interviews later than expected. The committee then deliberated for more than 90 minutes in closed session and when...

2008-08-05 12:00:55

By Amanda McGregor, The Salem News, Beverly, Mass. Aug. 5--SALEM -- With money expected from a state energy bill, the schools would rehire some first-grade teachers, school librarians and other positions cut from next year's school budget. Superintendent William Cameron Jr. said he hopes the schools will see $500,000, for which he outlined priorities at last night's School Committee meeting. The list includes restoring three first-grade teachers, a school nurse and the library aides...

2008-07-18 15:00:00

By Gina Macris PORTSMOUTH -- The roiling political waters of this seaside community have not dissuaded Schools Supt. Susan F. Lusi from her conviction that running a school district is the right job for her. Lusi, who turned down an offer from an educational think tank in Washington, D.C., to focus on public education at the local level three years ago, says she loves the school superintendent's post precisely because it is the place where educational theory hits the road. And Lusi...

2008-07-16 12:01:18

By Mark E. Vogler, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Jul. 16--LAWRENCE -- A strong evaluation of his overall job performance has School Superintendent Wilfredo Laboy in line for a pay raise that would make him the region's only $200,000-a-year public school chief. The School Committee last night approved an evaluation for the 2007-08 school year that graded Laboy as meeting or exceeding expectations in 90 percent of members' responses to 64 items. "As a result of this great...

2008-07-01 12:00:54

By Ethan Forman, The Salem News, Beverly, Mass. Jul. 1--DANVERS -- A controversial calendar change that would send kids home early 18 times next year is far from a done deal, according to three School Committee members polled yesterday. "I can't vote for 18 days because the parents are too upset with this," said board member Jean McCartin. The five-member committee is expected to vote tonight at 7:30 on a plan to triple the number of early release days to improve teacher training and...

2008-07-01 09:00:56

By Drake Lucas, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass. Jul. 1--NORTH ANDOVER -- Almost everyone has a favorite teacher. It might be the first-grade teacher who instilled a love of reading or a seventh-grade teacher who made science come alive. They are teachers who opened the students' eyes, made them think differently about the world and made them try harder to do well. School Committee member Charles Ormsby said those teachers do not get the recognition they deserve. He is proposing...