Residents, parents, taxpayers and students from Portsmouth, Middletown, and Newport are being invited to attend and participate in The Future of Our Island High Schools Public Forum on Monday, October 28th.

The public forum, which is being hosted by Newport This Week, is scheduled from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in the CCRI Auditorium in Newport.

Neil Steinberg, President and CEO of The Rhode Island Foundation, will serve as Speaker and Panel Moderator.

Panelists will include;

Christine Johnson – Assistant Director of the Massachusetts Association of Regional Schools

Christine Lopes-Metcalfe – Chief Executive Officer, School Building Authority, Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)

Tim Duffy – Executive Director of Rhode Island Association of School Committees

Marvin Abney, State Representative District 73, Newport and Middletown and Chairman House Committee on Finance

Lou DiPalma, State Senator District 12, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton and Little Compton and Member, Senate Committee on Education

Newport This Week will host “Understanding Regionalization” Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the CCRI auditorium in Newport.

Send questions, concerns or comments you would like addressed at either public forum to

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