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First-grader Penelope Schroeder holds up an “About Me” sign as her mother, Stephanie Schroeder, takes a picture before her first day in a new school Tuesday.

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Tuesday marked the start of the 2019-2020 for students in the North Kingstown School Department and superintendent Philip Auger expects another successful year is on the horizon.

“I feel very good,” Auger said. “We had a great school year last year. North Kingstown remains one of the highest performing districts in Rhode Island in terms of academics, so we feel very good about that piece.”

While Auger said there is still work to be done, he praised his “well prepared” teachers and staff and said compared to the issues facing a lot of other districts in the state, the NKSD is doing well both academically and financially with their renovation and repair projects.

“(We’re) very encouraged by the voters voting in for these bond projects,” Auger said. “Everything’s going according to plan and on budget, so we’re very happy about that.”

Among the bond projects, the largest is the repairs being made to the track and field at North Kingstown High School, which the district has been working on over the summer. The turf for the playing field is expected to be rolled out this week and expected to be ready for the Skippers to play on by the third week of the month.

As for the track itself, Auger says a base layer has been laid down and marked with striping that will be suitable for use as a practice facility this year, however it will still need several layers of a rubberized surface that they will have to wait until next summer to be able to apply before it can be used in competitive matches.

Also happening next summer will be two big projects to improve both the high school and Davisville Middle School. An HV/AC system is planned to be installed at NKHS while all new windows will be installed at DMS, projects which Auger says can only happen during a 10-week window over the summer when school is not in session.

This year, however, students at the districts’ elementary schools can expect new floors as many were resurfaced as part of the projects this summer according to Auger.

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