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  • 10 May 2016 10:12 AM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)

    North Providence school superintendent Melinda Smith received the 2016 Honor Roll Award from Rhode Island College(RIC) at a special ceremony held on May 5.

    The Honor Roll Award is granted annually to recognize Rhode Island College Alumni for their achievements in their chosen fields and their distinction as role models.   A student from RIC's Feinstein School of Education and Human Development was co-honored with a $1,000 scholarship from the Alumni Association in conjunction with Melinda's honor.

    RISSA congratulates Melinda on this well-deserved recognition.

  • 24 Mar 2016 10:21 AM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)

     Excerpts from a letter to RIchard Culatta from Michael Barnes, RISSA President:

    "Personally, I believe the Governor’s Computer Science for RI initiative will help schools throughout Rhode Island prepare students for high-demand and high-wage jobs and advance the economic well-being of our state. Since the roll out of the initiative I have spoken to a number of my colleagues who had positive views and expressed strong support for the underlying goals articulated on Monday." 

    "A focus on Computer Science in schools throughout our state, that builds on existing work, is a helpful step toward closing the skills gap in RI and expanding opportunities for students. There are a number of logistical challenges to K-12 implementation such as professional development, the inability to engage in some types of programming in a non-cloud based setting using Chromebooks, and current graduation requirements at the high school level that call for a specific number of credits in different subject areas. These requirements, coupled with college and university expectations for courses to be taken in high school, can limit the opportunities that students have to take advantage of opportunities such as Computer Science over multiple years. These are solvable problems with flexibility and innovative thinking."


  • 03 Sep 2015 11:03 AM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)


    Georgia Fortunato, Superintendent in Lincoln,

    Selected as 2016

    Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year



    Georgia Fortunato, Superintendent of the Lincoln Public Schools, is the 2015-16Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year. Her selection by the Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association (RISSA) was announced at its General Membership Meeting on August 19. The ovation accorded to Ms. Fortunato by hercolleagues was an indication of the high esteem in which she is held.  The award recognizes outstanding achievement in school district leadership, dedication to the education of all children, commitment to the community, and service to RISSA.  The award was presented to Georgia by Barry Ricci, Chariho Regional School District Superintendent, and winner of the 2014-15 award. In addition to herfellow administrators, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner, the event’s guest speaker, Dr. Tom DiPaola, RISSA Crowley Award winner of 2014, and Carol Blanchette, Superintendent of the Jamestown Schools and RISSA President-Elect, her Lincoln administration team members, and her daughter Katina were in attendance.

    Ms. Fortunato has served as the Superintendent in Lincoln since 2007 and previously served the district as special education teacher, Transition Coordinator, and Director of Student Services. She is the Chair of the Northern Collaborate Board of Superintendents, a member of the RIC Alumni Board of Directors, the New England Association of Schools and College’s Advisory committee, and a guest lecturer at CCRI, Providence College, and RIC.

    Under her leadership, the district has taken a global approach to closing achievement gaps. She has directed incredible infrastructure efforts for her district with a $2.2 million technology initiative, 2.3 million facility upgrade, and $1.5 million security initiative. As Superintendent, Lincoln has won a $935,000 Teaching American History grant, $400,000 World of Work grant, and a $100,000 Champlin Foundation grant to establish a broadcast studio. Her nominators for the award describe her as “an organized, innovative and effective leader, contributing valuable input on behalf of public education both locally and nationally while maintaining a clear educational vision upholding the most rigorous standards and expectations”.

    Georgia has been an active member of RISSA serving multiple terms on the Executive Committee, Special Awards Committee, and Legislative Committee. She is also active in statewide committees and policy development.

    Ms. Fortunato received her bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rhode Island College. She is a graduate of Classical High School.

    Ms. Fortunato will be honored by the American Association of School Administrators at the National Conference on Education to be held in Phoenix in February 2016.  








  • 12 May 2015 10:24 AM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)

     Retiree Ennis Bisbano, the Retired Superintendent of Bristol Public Schools Ennis Bisbano ’55, M.Ed. ’61 received the Charles B. Willard Achievement Award for bringing honor to RIC through distinguished professional achievement.  RIC President Nancy Carrioulo and Alumni Association President Bill Fazioli presented Ennis with the Award.  Upon receiving the award, Ennis acknowledged his family and thanked the Rhode Island College community for granting him this honor in the twilight of his life.

  • 07 May 2015 2:16 PM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)

    Below is a link to the Data Team Minutes

  • 07 May 2015 2:14 PM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)

    Commissioner Purcell recently presented at a RISSA meeting.  Below is the link to his presentation.

  • 07 May 2015 2:10 PM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)


    At CVS Health, our company purpose is helping people on their path to better health and the CVS Health Charity Classic really brings that purpose to life through the ongoing support the tournament provides to organizations that are helping children and families. Organizations such as the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association stress the importance of having AED units in public schools in order to ensure support for students, teachers and staff that may experience a heart-related emergency. Recognizing this need, the CVS Health Charity Classic is offering all public high schools in the state the opportunity to receive AED units for their schools.


    Each school is asked to complete an application form, confirm the number of units they are requesting and agree to a training date in order to receive their AED Units. The training will provide a demonstration on proper use of the units and give local fire chiefs the opportunity to connect with local schools. Fire chiefs will be on hand to support the demonstration and also to provide key tips to ensure safety.


    A link to the application is below. You will receive your AED units at your training. Please complete the application and submit as quickly as possible.


    CVS Health Charity Classic AED Program Application


    If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call.


    Faith Weiner

    Director, CVS Health Charity Classic


  • 07 May 2015 2:08 PM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)

    Kathy Sipala did a great job on Channel 12 speaking about the value of State Assessments and the PARCC opt-out situation. The link is below:

  • 06 May 2015 11:40 AM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)

    Congratulations to retiree and RISSA member Ennis Bisbano, former Superintendent of Bristol/Warren, for the honor of being selected the 2015 George Willard Achievement Award recipient by the Rhode Island College Alumni Association. 

  • 06 May 2015 11:36 AM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Victor Capellan and Jeannine Notta-Masse on their appointments as Superintendent of Central Falls and Cranston.

    Victor has served as Assistant Superintendent of Central Falls and comes to the position after a stint at Mass Insight.

    Jeannine has been the Assistant Superintendent of Cranston and is an active RISSA member, serving on the Strategic Planning and Safety Committees.

    We are very pleased that these two excellent professionals are on the job. 


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