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Newport Student Recognized for Being Selected to Attend Inauguration

A Newport student was recognized by the Board of Education after she attended the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump.
 
Maddy Webster has been a member of the National Youth Leadership Forum for five years and was selected for the trip to D.C. While there, she worked with other students from around the U.S. on a project involving health care issues. She also attended a speech delivered by former Secretary of State Colin Powell. 
 
The National Youth Leadership Forum is associated with many prestigious medical and technology centers, as well as advanced hospitals and research centers. Through the support of these institutions, students are able to participate in the examination of state of the art diagnostic tools and future medical specialties. Students can then receive credits from George Mason University.  
 
Webster is a sophomore at Newport High School, and at the top of her class academically. She has also attended other national conferences through NYLF, and plans another this summer. She was recognized by the board at last week's meeting for her achievement.
 
Other notes:
 
The board saw its draft budget for next year at the regular meeting Wednesday night. The $21,429,000 budget may change as the district gets a clearer picture on state funds. Until then, Chief Financial Officer Tete Turner said it is almost impossible to craft a new budget. 
 
At an earlier meeting this month, Ramona Malone was selected as chair of the board, and Julie Smith-Morrow retains the vice-chair position.
 
Board members voted on the new calendar for next year and the first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year will be August 23, and the last day of school, barring make up days for bad weather, will be May 31, 2018. 
 
All of the principals gave reviews of their comprehensive plans for their schools, with math and literacy incentives, and ACT and CCR intervention programs. They also gave updates on their consolidated school improvement plans and the winter MAP scores.
 
Kelly's Kids, a group of students from Newport High School who are hand picked by the high school principal were recognized at the meeting. This group of students meets with the principal and Superintendent Kelly Middleton, and other administrators to toss around ideas several times during the school year.
 
Finally, the principals all thanked the board for their service, and gave them gifts in honor of National School Board Month.
 
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photo: Maddy Webster in D.C. (provided)