Portsmouth High School students seek new signage

Portsmouth school officials sent parents two separate emails Thursday regarding the confiscation of a Taser at Portsmouth High School and a threat made by a Portsmouth Middle School student. Both incidents were reported to police. 
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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Members of the Portsmouth High School Student Council will speak before the Town Council on Monday, Feb. 12, to request a new sign at the high school’s Turnpike Avenue entrance. 

Calling the upgrade “long overdue,” the student council specifically seeks to work with town officials to create a new, electronic sign at the high school’s Turnpike Avenue entrance.

“One does not have to travel very far to see one of the many local electronic signs at neighboring high schools,” wrote student council members to the Portsmouth Town Council. 

The sign, according to students, could not only post school information but emergency alerts, such as Amber Alerts, school closures or parking bans. Currently, the sign’s message must be changed by hand, which “seems archaic,” wrote the student council. 

The request comes less than two weeks after an intruder entered the high school, where many students turned to their phones and social media to learn about the incident. 

The student council submitted the following to the town council in advance of their presentation: 

The student council will deliver the following presentation to the council at the next meeting on Monday, Feb. 12.

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The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2200 East Main Road. The entire meeting agenda can be read below. 

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