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Mario Andrade New Bristol/Warren Superintendent

28 May 2014 1:14 PM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)

Mario Andrade will be the next superintendent of the Bristol Warren Regional School District.

The school committee chose Dr. Andrade to succeed outgoing chief Melinda Thies, who submitted her resignation letter earlier this month. Mr. Andrade, a career educator who grew up in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and had been assistant superintendent since 2009, starts on July 1.

“I’m very excited,” Mr. Andrade said. “I think there’s a lot to be said for someone within the school district (being named superintendent). You know the strengths and weaknesses.”

The school committee chose Mr. Andrade after an internal search, and he said that he has definite ideas about what the district should focus on over the three-year life of his contract.

One of the most important areas includes focusing more on science, math, engineering and technology at the high school and middle school levels. He also wants to augment and strengthen the high school’s guidance department.

Another area would be the continual goal of improving student achievement. And finally, “obviously the last one is our financial situation, to make sure we are fiscally responsible.”

“Being in the district and seeing the effects of the funding formula over the past three years, I think it’s important to work together. I think Melinda has done a great job bringing (various sides) together … it’s something we are going to have to continue to focus on.”

Over the course of his career Mr. Andrade taught in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, most notably in Central Falls, where he was a special education. Later, he was also assistant principal at Rogers High School in East Providence, and in Central Falls. Along the way, he earned a doctorate in education.

The good thing about teaching special education, he said, is that he had a chance to have a large impact on a small group of 10 or 15 students. Though he misses the classroom, he learned after becoming an administrator “that I was able to make more of a difference for a greater number of students.”



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