Class notes: A quick look at the stories that made news this week in education

Jan 11, 2013
  • Sawyer probe continues

State and federal law enforcement agencies are checking the books at the Sawyer School for criminal activity following its abrupt closure just after Christmas. State education officials have recovered student records from the school and are planning to hold an event at CCRI next week to provide transcripts and counseling for students wondering how to proceed with their degrees.

  • Chafee picks members for new Ed. Board

The boards in charge of Rhode Island colleges, universities and K-12 schools had already dissolved by the time Governor Lincoln Chafee announced his picks for a new combined board. You can peruse the full bios for the nominees here.

  • Portsmouth increases school security

Following the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Portsmouth is increasing security at local public schools. School employees now have ID badges, and the district is upgrading intercom systems. The Newport Daily News reports that school officials approved $8,000 in immediate spending on security changes, and the district has a safety committee reviewing emergency procedures.

  • Watch out for the flu

The flu has been officially widespread in Rhode Island for some time now, and this week Boston declared a health emergency as more than a thousand people flooded area hospitals with flu-like symptoms. In Connecticut, health officials are also reporting a rise in flu infections. All three states are urging residents to get immunized, avoid touching noses and mouths and stay home from work or school if you’re not feeling well.

  • RISD moves a mummy

The RISD museum is preparing for a new show, and this week conservators moved an Egyptian mummy from the museum’s collection down to the first floor for the display. A photographer from The Providence Journal captured some great pics of the mummy.