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Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association

A new school year begins. . .

06 Sep 2016 10:01 AM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)

I still get excited about the start of a new school year. My career in public education began as a teacher in Newport in 1972 and I’m privileged to now serve as Executive Director of RISSA.

This year promises to be another important one for our organization. Craig Levis (Coventry), Mike St. Jean (North Smithfield), and Bob Power (Little Compton) begin the year in their new superintendent positions, and we bid farewell to former President Kathy Sipala, who leaves Narragansett in November.

Our program committee will continue to work with our educational partners at Johnson & Wales, Bryant University’s Hassenfeld Institute, and the Center for Educational Leadership and Educational Equity to develop a wide range of personal development and skill building for our members. The Legal Institute, presented by Ben Scungio and the attorneys from the law firm BRCSM will begin our program on October 7.

On the legislative front, we will be considering proposals to ensure funding equity between public and charter schools, maintenance of effort, and partner with legislators who want to bring the positive aspects of the Massachusetts model to Rhode Island.

We will also work closely with RIDE on graduation requirements, the new ESSA legislation and career and technical education.

Working closely with partner organizations such as the Rhode Association of School Committees (RIASC) and Business Officials (RIASBO), we will strive to provide the best for our students and communities.


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