Monthly News Notes
D-R Career & Technical Education Receives Largest Grant Ever
The Career & Technical Education Department at Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School has been selected to receive more than $500,000 in two grants from the state. The department has been awarded a $492,519 Workforce Skills Capital Grant for the expansion of its Environmental Technology & Sustainability program which will include the development of an educational energy center. The Green Innovation Center will allow students to research and gather data on alternative energy sources. Environmental teacher Mrs. Yeager put together the grant proposal. It is the highest monetary award in the high school’s history. The other grant, for $35,000, will be put towards the department’s Drafting Design & Pre-engineering pathway to help students engage in additional project-based STEM courses. Also included in the award is the purchase of all new computer equipment for the lab.
D-R Student Named “Class Act” by WHDH-TV
Isabella King, a student at D-R High School was recently named a “Class Act” by WHDH-TV’s 7News program for her project to make Build-a-Bears for children at Tufts Floating Hospital in Boston. The children are battling a spinal disorder known as scoliosis, which King was diagnosed with in fifth grade. King raises funds to buy and make the bears so that she can help other kids that are on the same journey. Christa Delcamp, anchor of 7News Today on WHDH-TV, visited D-R High to meet King.
D-R School District to Upgrade Computer Network
The Dighton-Rehoboth school district is planning to install a fiber-optic network linking all the schools in order to upgrade its Internet infrastructure, according to an article in the Sun Chronicle. The cost of the project is approximately $400,000 and 60 percent will be paid by the FCC’s E-rate program which helps the country’s schools and libraries improve telecommunications and information services. The remainder will be paid by the towns. The project is expected to save the district $1 million over 10 years.
Public Safety Complex Roof Leaks
Leaks developed in two different sections of the roof at the public safety complex during the rain and snowstorm the week of March 13. Water came in through the ceiling in the police department hallway and over the ambulance bay, damaging medical supplies in a storage cabinet. The leak over the ambulance department was not discovered until the next morning and water had been coming in all night. Repairs were made to patch the roof.
Police Chief Wants to Restore Staff
Police Chief James Trombetta discussed his proposed budget for the next fiscal year with the board of selectmen last month. Trombetta wants to add four patrolmen to the department, to restore the staff to previous levels and conduct additional night training for the force. The department had two more officers in 2014 than it does now, Trombetta said. Recommendations from the Bureau of Justice indicate that the department should have 26 officers and it currently has 22. The department was recently evaluated for liability risk by the insurance company and they recommended increasing staff and training.