Darlene Ayotte, Director of Newport Out of School Time (NOST) presented an updated plan for NOST’S Summer Program which adds no cost to Newport School District.
NOST started five years ago under a 21 Century Grant with an end date of June 31, 2012. The grant funded NOST programs for after school and during summer vacations.
At the May 10 meeting, the Newport School Board expressed concerns with the costs of the summer program falling on taxpayers, noting the school district would be liable for the costs of bookkeeping. They asked Ayotte to return with a more detailed plan with salaries, costs and estimated enrollments.
The program and positions of NOST ends with the grant on June 31, the board voted 5-0 to grant temporary operation of the NOST summer program and advised Ayotte to convert NOST into a separate entity.