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PORTSMOUTH — In a 5-2 vote Monday night, the School Committee approved a $38.92 million budget for next year that’s 2.2 percent higher than the current spending plan. more
PORTSMOUTH — Gov. Gina Raimondo got an earful from teachers, administrators and students on what physical improvements they’d like to see at Portsmouth Middle School during a … more
Workers all continue to form foundation footings for the new Barrington Middle School building, as the project moves into its sixth week.  According to the BMS Building Project Blog, people … more
St. Andrew’s School will welcome Ray Cross ’04 as the new director of enrollment management in July.  Mr. Cross is currently the director of enrollment management at Marianapolis … more
PORTSMOUTH — It was standing-room only in the Portsmouth Middle School Little Theater Thursday for the opening night performance of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” The school … more
The Bristol Warren Regional School District will be getting a $1.1 million increase in funding next year. It’s less than the $2.2 million increase the district was seeking, but school leaders … more
Superintendent of Schools Mario Andrade will make one last appeal to the group that determines how much money he and the district have next school year. The Bristol Warren Joint Finance Committee … more
PORTSMOUTH — The Cat in the Hat was in the house Monday for Melville School’s Reading Week. Well, his spirit was there anyway, as was his headwear. more
Barrington officials are proposing a $50.8 million operating budget for the school department. The proposed budget includes a $1.67 million (or 3.4 percent) increase over the current budget, and … more
Barrington High School student Daniel Sheinberg took top honors at this year's Who Wants to be a Mathematician competition, held at Providence College on Wednesday, March 14.  He also took … more
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