The following Letter To The Editor was submitted by Ray Gomes, Candidate for Newport School Committee. The views and opinion expressed within are not necessarily those of our ownership, writers or advertisers. Have a Letter To The Editor? E-mail it to us at ryan@whatsupnewp.com.


I am a candidate for the Newport School committee for a number of reasons but most importantly I hope to increase the achievement and success of all our children. My wife, Brigid, and I have followed our five children through the Newport Schools over the past twenty years. Our youngest son is at Rogers High School. I have taken a collaborative open approach over the past twenty years as I’ve served on PTO boards, School Improvement Teams, Teacher Interview Committees, School Sub- Committees and the Rogers Athletics Booster Club as my children made their way through the school system. I look forward to putting this experience to work as a member of the Newport School Committee.   

The first step in this journey is to ensure that the emerging Strategic Plan is implemented and utilized as the framework to take our schools into the future. For the Strategic Plan to succeed it is important to include all the stakeholders, (students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community and business leaders). We all have a stake in making our schools the best that they can and should be. There are many pieces that will need to come together to achieve these goals. We must work to ensure that we have full participation and access to early childhood education programs. There are a number of early childhood education programs available to our children. We must ensure that there is coordination between the programs to ensure that all children enter kindergarten on a level playing field ready to work toward achieving the first step of the plan that all children will read at grade level by the end of third grade. The next step is to continue to increase stem/steam educational programing to our students along with increasing the technology available to our students. We must ensure that as we increase technology in our schools that we provide the appropriate support to the teachers and staff to ensure we are getting the most out of the technology component. In recent years there has been a renewed interest in the various programs offered at the Newport Area Career and Technical Center and we must continue to ensure we offer choices that align with the needs of the business world. This is evident in the collaboration with Electric Boat to bring a training program that will lead to students that will graduate with the educational background and job skills to provide Electric Boat with the qualified workers that they need earning a good wage. By working toward common goals I believe that we will make strides with some of the other issues that have been slow to improve, attendance, tardiness and graduation rates. Not all of our students will have the same goals or educational needs but we should be able to provide them with tools they need to succeed in whichever path they take after graduation from Rogers High School.

I believe that we all achieve when our children achieve and I ask that you vote for me for the Newport School Committee when you vote on November 8.

Thank you,

Raymond Gomes

Candidate for Newport School Committee

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