Joseph Goho – North Providence School District
1. What’s the number one thing parents and students should know about this district this year?
One of the number one things parents and students should know about this district is that we have gone through a major redistricting process this past year and have built two brand new elementary schools. A great deal of groundwork, planning, and collaboration has been completed to be sure that our students, families, and staff have the most efficient and positive experience for the opening of this school year. The students have been our primary focus as we conducted both the redistricting and new construction projects to support their educational needs and continued success.
2. What is the biggest challenge your district faces?
Biggest Challenge our District Faces: in the short term our biggest challenge is the have all students, faculty and staff adapt to the new redistricting resulting from the closing of one elementary school and the opening of two brand new elementary schools. In the long term, our biggest challenge is to improve student achievement in all subjects and grades, and ensure that we deliver a world-class education for all students to graduate college and career ready.
3. What is the vaccination rate for your district and what is your policy for opting out? Have you seen a spike or decline in the number of parents opting out over the last two years?
4. Some school districts in the state are banning electronic devices/cell phones. What is your current policy? Do you have plans to also ban electronic devices? If so, why?
Cell Phone Policy: Our current cell phone policy prohibits cell phones to be used in the classroom during instruction unless they are part of a collective and coordinated learning activity closely monitored by the classroom teacher.
5. Tell us something nobody knows about your district.
While we have grown in our diverse population of students, we remain a close-knit, family-oriented community with a student-centered focus. As a testament to the community support for education, voters approved a $75 million bond referendum to build two new state-of-the-art elementary schools. The bond passed with over 70% of the vote.
Back to School: North Providence shows off new and improved elementary schools
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