September 2020 | Newport School Committee | Survey Responses

Click EACH candidates’ names below to view their individual survey response in a PDF (… this will open a new window)

Louisa Boatwright (Incumbent)  Stephanie J Winslow (Incumbent)  
Raymond Gomes (Incumbent)  David R Carlin III  
Rebecca Bolan (Incumbent)   James A Dring  
Robert J. Leary (Incumbent)  Michael J Cullen  
Sandra J. Flowers (Incumbent)  Nycole S Matthews  *No response received
2020 Newport Rhode Island – School Committee Candidates

NEWPORT SCHOOL COMMITTEE | CANDIDATES QUESTIONNAIRE

1.            Black Lives Matter related issues have received much media attention this year.  LGBTQ related issues have been pushed to the background.  Do you believe LGBTQ issues should be addressed within school curricula?  If no, why not?  If yes, why and how would you suggest doing so?

2.            The Covid-19 pandemic has presented serious challenges for Newport Public Schools regarding where students will be taught and how they will be taught.  The solutions being examined and adopted all come with significant costs, well beyond normal budget allowances.  Since revenues essentially are fixed for this fiscal year (and the City cannot depend on sufficient federal and state support), what specific adjustments to the expense side of the budget would you recommend to accommodate these added costs?

3.            What lessons have you taken away from this year’s distance learning that should be applied to the post-pandemic education of Newport’s students?

4.            What is your assessment of the effectiveness of the Strategic Plan for Newport Public Schools?  What specific changes to the document would you promote to make it more effective?

5.            Newport’s students continue to perform poorly on Rhode Island proficiency examinations.  There has been some progress, but the results continue to be disappointing.  What specific actions would you promote to achieve significantly improved results?

6.            What do you most want Newport voters to know about you and what you would bring to the School Committee?  (Maximum 250 words)


NEWPORT SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES QUESTIONNAIRE

TO: 2020 CANDIDATES FOR NEWPORT SCHOOL COMMITTEE

FROM: ALLIANCE FOR A LIVABLE NEWPORT
SUBJECT: ONLINE SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES WRITTEN QUESTIONNAIRE

As ALN has done for every local election since 2008, a School Committee candidates’ questionnaire has been created as a means of assisting Newport voters in making their election choices. Questions for this year’s School Committee candidates selected from submissions ALN has received.

School Committee candidates were asked to respond to six questions. Candidates were urged to limit their response to each question to no more than five hundred (500) words, unless otherwise specified, and to enter those responses online via Google Forms.

This year ALN is delighted to be joined with our 2020 Election partners, Newport This Week, The League of Women Voters, The Newport Chamber of Commerce, WADK Radio, Newport Buzz, and Channel 18 Community Television. This collaborative is conducting live “Zoom” public forums for local office candidates.

ALN commends each of the candidates for choosing to run and serve for the Newport School Committee and sharing their views about the pressing issues and challenges Newport faces today.

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