We believe that our schools are central and focusing part of our
respective communities. We recognize the role our academic, performing
arts, and athletic events play in bonding the community together around
shared interests and celebrations of student performance. They are a
place to gather, to see old friends and make new friends. To that end we
are committed to enhancing the community involvement in our schools.
The community section of our website contains convenient links to
various other community organizations that may be of interest to our
Ponaganset is a regional school district servicing students in grades
6-12 from the towns of Foster and Glocester. These two rural towns are
located about thirty minutes west of Providence in the northwest region
of the state bordering Connecticut. The population of Glocester is
slightly more than double that of Foster and that ratio is evident in
the school population.
The regional district for the two towns is not fully regionalized
from PK – 12. At the current time, there are three separate districts:
Foster with 1 elementary school, Glocester with 2 elementary schools,
and Foster-Glocester with 1 middle school and 1 high school. Each of the
three districts has a separate school committee, teacher contract, non
certified contract, business office, budget, policies, procedures, and
state reporting documentation. The Foster and Glocester elementary
districts share the same superintendent and central office staff. The
regional district has its own superintendent and central office staff
which also provide a variety of services to the elementary districts. A
new charter for regionalization went before the voters in November 2006.
One town passed the referendum and the other town did not pass the
measure. Consequently, we are still a regional district in grades 6-12.
The two towns join in educating their middle and high school students when students enter the 6 th
grade. The governing body is one nine-member school committee which is
comprised of six Glocester members and three Foster members with
co-chairs representing each town. A new middle school was recently built
and opened in September 2007. The old middle school and the high school
were renovated and combined into one high school complex.