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Newport City Council and Newport School Committee will host a joint session on May 31 at 5:30 pm for the purpose of discussing school regionalization.

The meeting will be held in person in the Council Chambers at Newport City Hall.

Members of the public can also join the meeting by Web Ex (webinar number is 2633 991 4832 and the webinar password is Q6aDUx4dUF3) or by phone by calling 1-844-621-3956 (access code is 263 399 14832).

Both the Newport City Council and Middletown Town Council took steps last week asking the Rhode Island General Assembly to authorize ballot language for regionalization, leaving the ultimate decision on regionalization up to the voters.

Newport City Council approves resolution on Regional School District – Ballot Authorization, sends draft legislation to General Assembly

Town of Middletown: Town Council votes to look into an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ for Middletown Schools

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.