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Barry Ricci Selected 2015 Superintendent of the Year

27 Aug 2014 11:12 AM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)


Barry Ricci, Superintendent in Chariho, Selected as 2015 Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year


Barry Ricci, Superintendent of the Chariho Regional Schools, is the 2014-15Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year. His selection by the Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association (RISSA) was announced at its General Membership Meeting on August 20. The ovation accorded to Mr. Ricci by his colleagues was an indication of the high esteem in which he 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 Barry by Dr. Michael Barnes, Foster Gloucester Superintendent, and winner of the 2013-14 award. In addition to his fellow administrators, Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist, the event’s guest speaker, Dr. Todd Flaherty, Crowley Award winner of 2014, and Katherine Sipala, Superintendent of the Narragansett Schools and RISSA President, were in attendance.

Mr. Ricci has served as the Superintendent in Chariho since 2005 and previously served the district as Assistant Superintendent from 2001to 2005.  In addition, Mr. Ricci has been recognized as a Milken Foundation National Educator, Rhode Island Music Educator’s Association’s “School Administrator Award”, as Principal of Western Coventry Elementary School, was awarded the US Department of Education National School of Excellence, Rhode Island Principal of the Year and National Distinguished Principal in 1996.

Under Mr. Ricci’s leadership, the district has taken a global approach to closing achievement gaps. This effort has focused on the entire at-risk population regardless of subgroup, such as socio-economic status, or limited English proficiency. This effort has produced substantial improvement in academic achievement for all groups.  As further evidence of his leadership, the district is now providing foreign language instruction beginning in kindergarten and has embarked on a 1:1 MacBook Air initiative at the High School.

Mr. Ricci has been an active member of RISSA serving multiple terms on the Executive Committee, Special Awards Committee, Legislative Committee, and has been a leader in professional development through the Enhanced Leadership Development Network. He is also active in statewide committees and policy development. He currently serves on the state ESEA Committee, a special committee on graduation testing requirements, and the Career and Technical Education Accountability Measures Committee.

Mr. Ricci received his bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College and master’s degree in Elementary Education from Providence College.

Mr. Ricci will be honored by the American Association of School Administrators at the National Conference on Education to be held in San Diego in February 2015 


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