The Pell School is a demonstration of what happens when the City makes a bold move, with the financial commitment and backing to create a school which has been a model facility. The Pell School is working for our kids. We need to extend that commitment to Thompson and Rogers. We need to make Newport Schools a source of real pride on the Island.
Supporting the public schools and creating meaningful jobs with a decent wage are two top priorities. The two go hand in hand. We need to offer education and training at Rogers that exposes our students to the opportunities available here in the community and sets them on the path to those jobs. Newport is a unique center, recognized nationally, for the trades associated with historic preservation – whether of buildings or of boats – and practitioners of these trades earn a good living. I also believe students at Rogers would benefit from business training at the same time they learn vocational skills, so that they will have the skills necessary to go into business for themselves when they are ready. Newport offers unique opportunities for satisfying careers in sophisticated trades, whether boat building, historic preservation, culinary arts, or blacksmithing. There is intense demand for people who are good at their trades. This demand can lead to successful businesses, offer independence to the entrepreneur and a satisfying life creating something beautiful which is in demand, and not least, a good living.