This story was originally published on May 29th, it has been updated. For the original story, scroll down.

Rep. Lauren H. Carson has postponed a constituent meeting that was scheduled Monday, June 17, due to a Middletown Town Council meeting at the same time on that will include a vote on whether to enter into a planning process to discuss the possibility of a regional high school with Newport.

A new time for the constituent meeting will be announced at a later date.

Representative Carson said she believes it is worthwhile for the two communities to explore regionalization of the high schools, and that she plans to attend the meeting — scheduled Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at Middletown Town Hall, 350 East Main Road — to learn more.

“Potentially, especially as schools with declining enrollment, we could benefit from economies of scale if we were to regionalize. We would be better positioned to replace our outdated school buildings and there would be many intangible benefits, such as increased diversity among students and stronger and more varied extracurricular activities and sports. I would encourage all members of our communities to pay close attention to this conversation and consider the merits of a regional high school,” said Representative Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport).

Original Story – Posted May 29, 2019

Representative Lauren Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport) has announced that she will hold a constituent meeting on Monday, June 17, at 6 pm at the Newport Public Library.

Rep. Lauren H. Carson (D-Dist. 75, Newport)

“Constituent meetings are important to me because they help me gauge the interests of the people I represent, what their concerns are, and what they would like me to advocate for on their behalf. This one is also a good opportunity for me to provide information and answer questions about the bills that are likely to come to a vote in the last weeks of the session,” said Representative Carson.

The meeting will be an open-ended conversation with constituents, with a focus on the current legislative session, which will likely be in its final days at that point. All House District 75 residents are welcome.

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