2016-12-08 / Front Page

Kellie Simeone is New Middletown Schools Chair

By James Merolla

In an organizational meeting led by Superintendent Rosemarie Kraeger, Kellie DiPalma Simeone was elected as chairperson of the Middletown School Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Simeone replaced Theresa Spengler, who was named vice chair.

“It has been a true pleasure serving our community over the past four years as chairperson,” said Spengler, lauding school successes and other challenges her committee has faced over the past two years. “I will continue to serve as a strong voice for our community and our district as a whole. Congratulations, Kelly.”

Kraeger was appointed as committee clerk.

The committee then honored the Middletown High School freshmen football team, who won the state Division II championship in November. The champions had been recognized by the Town Council the previous evening.

“I have heard so many positive things about this particular team, how all of you just gelled from the first practice in August,” said Kraeger. “And that your spirit and your sportsmanship were just excellent, on and off the field.”

Coach Zach Yates called each member of the team up individually to applause.

“This team worked very hard. I’m proud of you guys. We reached our goal. Good job,” said Yates to his team.

In other matters, there was positive and negative financial news: . Thanks to the grant writing skills of Assistant Superintendent Linda Savastano, Kraeger announced that the schools had received a second annual MacArthur Grant totaling $107,890 for curriculum development and planning with other school districts. . Kraeger said that a “first blush” look at the proposed 2018 state funding and city/town distribution formula reveals that Middletown is slated to lose an additional $207,000 in state educational aid. Simeone pointed out that it would be the second largest drop among Rhode Island’s districts.

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