2017-03-16 / Opinion


It’s Time for Compromise

To the Editor:

It is unfortunate that the Preservation Society in Newport is not willing, like many institutions, to discuss situations when there is discord to work out a solution that will accommodate all sides. The current board and administration seems determined to build a Welcome Center next to The Breakers! In doing so, it seems that the only thing to gain is more animosity.

A perfect solution is to erect the building in the parking lot across the street, which has more than enough room, or to buy the house that the Preservation Society sold to Salve Regina years ago, located next to the parking lot. There are also other areas close to The Breakers that could be used.

The Preservation Society has spent money on attorneys that could have been used for preserving their properties and gardens that desperately need the funds for maintenance.

I have been a part of an opposition group, which was founded by Dorrance Hamilton. We feel strongly that the new facility should not be located on the historic Breakers property! It is time for the Preservation Society to meet with those who object to the placement of the center to find a solution for the good of the community.

I served the Preservation Society board for many years under the leadership of John Winslow and Jerry Slocum. We served the society, we met with people and listened to their concerns, and in so doing we always maintained the respect of the community and the donors.

Regrettably, it now seems as if the Preservation Society’s “silent board” will meekly acquiesce to this proposal, further damaging its reputation and relationship with the community, all because of stubbornness and an unwillingness to compromise. This is truly regrettable.

Mrs. John R. Donnell

ThePower of Support

To the Editor:

PBIS is an educational acronym that stands for Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports. It is a school-wide initiative that teaches students clear behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject. It focuses on rewarding students who consistently follow a school’s established code of conduct.

Thompson Middle School is a PBIS school. It uses “power tickets” as one way to reward positive behavior. Power tickets can be used to purchase a variety of things at the school, both as an individual and in a team effort. For example, students may combine tickets and purchase an ice-cream treat at lunch or a pizza party for a small group of friends. Students can also go off site to the Jane Pickens Movie Theatre or to a field day at Braga Park.

There are a few core leaders of the PBIS initiative at Thompson. Beth Raffa, Justin Buffman and Laura Caster are the team captains. Many other teachers sit on a committee that meets regularly to share ideas about how to encourage students to be respectful and hard-working.

A fundraiser to support the PBIS initiative will be held on Friday, March 31, from 6-9 p.m. at the La Forge Casino and Restaurant in Newport. All money raised will go to support positive behavior at the school. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of many local businesses and restaurants, there will be raffle items, food and a DJ. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from a Thompson Middle School staff member or by calling 401-847- 1493. Donations are also gladly accepted.

A hearty thank-you to all members of the community who support the students of Newport, whether by attending the event, purchasing a ticket, making a donation or spreading the word. You are having a positive impact on our students. Thank you for your kindness and generous spirit!

The PBIS Committee
at Thompson Middle School

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