2014-10-23 / Front Page

Narragansett High an option

By Tim Riel

School officials in Jamestown and Narragansett have met several times over the summer to explore opportunities for certain Lawn School graduates to attend Narragansett High School. Chairwoman Cathy Kaiser updated the School Committee at its Oct. 16 meeting.

According to Kaiser, the “anticipated” proposal has nothing to do with any dissatisfaction toward North Kingstown High School. She said the majority of public school students from Jamestown are “thriving” at North Kingstown. The Narragansett option, however, is aimed at students who need a smaller high school to flourish.

“This option is ideal for a small number of students for whom a big high school is not a good fit,” said Kaiser.

Many of those students, according to Kaiser, are currently attending private schools. Students who plan to enroll at North Kingstown will still have that option, she said.

“I want to emphasize that this does not mean we’re switching,” said Committeewoman Julia Held, liaison to the North Kingstown school board.

Along with Superintendent Carol Blanchette and Finance Director Jane Littlefield, Kaiser was scheduled to meet on Tuesday with the Narragansett team. Although an agreement is still in the works, Kaiser hopes to bring a proposal to the school board for a vote in November. Also, the committee authorized Kaiser to send a letter to North Kingstown school officials on the status of the discussions with Narragansett.

As for the tuition, Kaiser said she doesn’t think the Jamestown school board would agree to a tuition proposal that wasn’t competitive with the agreement it has with North Kingstown.

In a related matter, the committee confirmed that it will send students to North Kingstown for the upcoming school year. The two towns have a Nov. 1 contractual deadline to notify each other of the intent not to send or accept students.

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