North Kingstown middle school employee out after probe into inappropriate letters to students
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by Jacqui Gomersall
2d ago
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) - A Wickford Middle School employee will not be returning to the district following an investigation into inappropriate letters, according to a message sent to the North Kingstown school community Thursday. According to the letter, the investigation was launched after the employee wrote letters to students "in a tone and language not acceptable." The employee was immediately placed on administrative leave, according to the letter. Superintendent Kenneth Duva confirmed to 12 News that the employee was not a teacher, but he declined to provide any more specific detai ..read more
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Councilors to vote on Providence budget, controversial lease proposal this week
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by Alexandra Leslie
4d ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Providence leaders are gearing up to take their first of two votes on the city’s $598 million proposed budget, which includes a significant boost in municipal funding for the state-run Providence Public Schools. The financially struggling school district stands to receive an extra $5.5 million from City Hall in the upcoming fiscal year, the largest one-time contribution in years. Providence City Council President Rachel Miller and Finance Committee Chairwoman Helen Anthony reached an agreement with Mayor Brett Smiley last week to add another $2.5 million on top ..read more
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Band equipment damaged in fire at Case High School
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by Shaun Towne
5d ago
SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) — After a fire broke out earlier this month at Case High School, people wrote into 12 Responds asking about the extent of the damage. Principal Christopher Costa told 12 News the first-floor fire on June 6 damaged some band equipment. The school's band director has since taken inventory and filed an insurance claim, which they believe will cover their losses, according to Costa. No word yet on when the new equipment will be available for band members. The fire forced the school to close the following day. Fire officials said there was damage in the storeroom where it star ..read more
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Cranston is changing its bus routes for next school year
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by Raymond Baccari
5d ago
CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Cranston families will see some changes in the fall when it comes to busing their children to school. The district sent out a notice saying it will be "realigning its bus routes" for the next school year. "On the secondary level, depots will be established in place of bus stops in some areas," the letter said. "Some of these depots will be on existing school property such as elementary and middle schools in order to transport students to middle and high schools." The district also said its buses will no longer be going to and from child care centers. "We are advising ch ..read more
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Warwick schools to dismiss early Thursday due to heat
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by Raymond Baccari
5d ago
WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — All public schools in Warwick will be dismissed two and a half hours early on Thursday out of an abundance of caution due to the extreme heat forecasted. Weather Alert: Hot/Humid Thru Thu; Air Quality Alert Tomorrow Thursday is also the last day of school for Warwick students. According to a note sent to parents, principals will send out how the schedules will look for their respective schools that day. RELATED: Air Quality Alert issued for Thursday Close Thanks for signing up! Watch for us in your inbox. Subscribe Now Pinpoint Weather 12 Alerts SIGN UP NOW ..read more
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Free meals available for RI kids this summer
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by Lauren Drapeau, Shaun Towne
5d ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Many students rely on school for meals, so the state of Rhode Island is once again making sure those children are well-fed over summer break. State officials announced Tuesday that the Summer Food Service Program will resume in early July. Free meals will be served in communities statewide to Rhode Island students 18 and younger, with no registration required. "Access to healthy meals during the summer will allow students to continue to learn and grow as we work to improve student outcomes with year-round learning opportunities," Gov. Dan McKee wrote in a press releas ..read more
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How to keep kids safe during extreme heat
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by Hannah Cotter, Shaun Towne
5d ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island is in the middle of a potential heat wave, with temperatures expected to top 90 degrees over the next few days. While some students are already out on summer break, others will still be in the classroom this week. Either way, it's important to make sure kids are safe, since they can be more susceptible to heat-related emergencies. Jason Rhodes, chief of the R.I. Department of Health's Center for Emergency Medical Services, warned parents to know the symptoms of heat stroke and how to respond to them. "Look for signs of disorientation, confusion," he said ..read more
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Coventry lays off 64 teacher assistants as budget woes persist
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by Raymond Baccari, Vallery Maravi
1w ago
COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — Coventry Public Schools laid off 64 teacher assistants earlier this month as the district reorganizes staff due to budget cuts. Superintendent Don Cowart told 12 News Thursday that this is the first time in several years that the district has had to lay off teacher assistants. According to Cowart, recent contract negotiations with the Coventry Teachers' Alliance Local 1075 resulted in the creation of approximately 85 new paraprofessional positions. The teacher assistants are being laid off to make room, he explained, though some of the laid-off teacher assistants w ..read more
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RI opens applications for STEAM Educator Award
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by Leah Crowley
1w ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has opened applications for its award recognizing those who teach science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) in local schools. One elementary, middle and high school educator will be recognized with the annual Rhode Island STEAM Educator Award, presented by the Rhode Island STEAM Center at Rhode Island College. SEE ALSO: RIDE awards $2.7 million to eliminate Styrofoam waste in schools Winners will be recognized in November in honor of STEAM month. The winners will also receive a $1,000 classroom grant ..read more
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Mayor, council agree on another $2.5M for Providence schools
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by Alexandra Leslie
1w ago
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- Amid tensions between the Providence mayor and superintendent over how much city money should go into the state-run school district, city leaders announced a last-minute agreement that could give the schools a multimillion dollar boost. Providence City Council President Rachel Miller and Finance Committee Chairwoman Helen Anthony announced Wednesday they reached the agreement with Mayor Brett Smiley to secure an additional $2.5 million for the district for the upcoming budget year. Josh Estrella, a spokesperson for Smiley, told Target 12 that while the additional fun ..read more
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