Towle School to Close
towle_school_1Newport’s Towle School will be closed. The building will no longer be the elementary school for fifth and sixth grades starting with the 2016-2017 school year. The Newport School Board voted unanimously to move fifth graders to Richards School and sixth graders to the Newport Middle High School. The vote came after a public comment session where only Kurt Menich expressed his desire to sell the building and use the proceeds for a gym at Newport Middle High.
Towle school gym is the only school that houses a regulation size gym. The gyms at Richards Elementary and the Middle High School are both 3/4 size and cannot accommodate basketball games.
No plans for the building were discussed, but Finance Manager Terry Wiggins said shutting the building down will save money.
The Administration has until April 15 to notify all certified staff if their positions will be lost.

Anti Bullying Program Comes to Newport
TIGER Theater visited Newport Elementary Schools on Wednesday. The theater is based out Plymouth State University and helps children, schools, parents and communities deal proactively and positively with social issues and concerns facing children in schools today. Superintendent Cindy Gallagher says all students in grades k-6 were treated to the presentation. TIGER is an interactive presentation in which students and adults participate with the actors, who use theater, movement and music to try to reach school audiences with important messages children need to hear about how to help create a positive school climate.
Superintendent Gallagher said the presentation was about what students should do if they see bullying.
The program was paid with funds raised by the PTO and United Way.
Members of the Cast worked with individual classes in each building to help reinforce the messages that were delivered in the performance.