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A convo with Superintendent Jermain, the latest from What'sUpNewp, and a look at What's Up on Thursday
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A convo with Superintendent Jermain, the latest from What'sUpNewp, and a look at What's Up on Thursday

Newport School Superintendent Colleen Burns Jermain joined What’sUpNewp for a live virtual video conversation on Wednesday. Plus, a look at what's up on Thursday in and around Newport.
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With absenteeism a major concern of schools throughout Rhode Island, Newport School Superintendent Colleen Burns Jermain discusses how the school system is trying to improve attendance and turn around a poor showing by pupils in recent statewide testing when she joined What’sUpNewp for a live virtual video conversation o nWednesday.

Recent independent reports have identified absenteeism as a significant problem statewide, with many students characterized as chronically absent. In Newport, Jermain, in her community update, said that some students in Newport have already missed 14 days of school.

Absenteeism, coupled with poor testing for pupils in grades 3 to 8 in the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System testing has raised concerns for Jermain, who is working with other school administrators to implement programs to improve pupil performance.

Meanwhile, the school committee has allocated surplus funds to help fill the construction budget shortfall for the Rogers High School project. We hear from the superintendent how that will fill the budget gap and how much more money is needed to ensure all aspects of the project are completed.

We also discuss several other issues, including staffing and whether the schools are fully staffed, not only in the classroom but in other areas, including bus drivers and maintenance staff.

Watch our conversation below or listen to it above.


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What’s Up on Thursday

Weather

  • Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. West wind 5 to 8 mph.

  • Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low of around 57. Southwest wind around 6 mph.

Marine Forecast

  • Thursday: Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SW 5 to 7 kt in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 ft or less.

  • Thursday Night: Variable winds 5 kt or less. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 ft or less.

  • Coastal Water Temperature: 57°F.

Sun, Moon, & Tide

  • Sunrise: 7:09 am | Sunset: 5:48 pm | 10 hours and 38 minutes of sun.

  • High tide at 6:11 am & 6:36 pm | Low tide at 12:17 pm.

  • Moon: Waxing Gibbous. 11.5 days, 89% lighting.

Things To Do

Live Music & Entertainment

Local Government

The following public meetings are scheduled;

  • Jamestown: School Committee at 6 pm

  • Little Compton: 350 (LC350) at 6:30 pm

  • Middletown: Tree Commission at 4 pm, Prevention Coalition at 6 pm

  • Newport: Planning Board at 6:30 pm

  • Tiverton: North End and Industrial/Business Park Advisory Subcommittee at 7 pm

  • See the agenda for the meetings mentioned above here.

Cruise Ship Schedule

Here’s what’s remaining on the cruise ship schedule this season;

  • Thursday, Oct. 26: Caribbean Princess & Silver Shadow

  • Saturday, Oct. 28: Crystal Serenity

  • Sunday, Oct. 29: Emerald Princess & Artania

  • Monday, Oct. 30: Seven Seas Mariner

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Stories that have appeared on WhatsUpNewp.com that are related to this week;

RI Department of State to host ‘Spooky State House’ on October 26

Halloween Trick or Treat returns to The Breakers on Oct. 27

John Mulaney and Pete Davidson coming to PPAC on Oct. 27

Newport County residents can enjoy free admission to four Preservation Society properties Oct 28 – 29

Tower of Power to play PPAC with RI Philharmonic October 28

Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra to host season opener concert on Oct. 28

Water main flushing to take place across Aquidneck Island Oct. 29 – Nov. 9

Child & Family to host 40th Annual Taste of Newport on Oct. 29

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