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Georgia Fortunato Named Superintendent of the Year

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.  









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