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Jo Eva Gaines - 2017 Paul Crowley Award Winner

15 Mar 2017 11:51 AM | Judy Spremulli (Administrator)

News: Jo Eva Gaines: 2017 Paul Crowley Award Winner

The Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association (RISSA) tenth annual Paul W. Crowley Award is awarded to Jo Eva Gaines. Mrs. Gaines is two-time Chair and present member of the Newport School Committee and serves on the Rhode Island Board of Education. The presentation was given in the State Room of the Rhode Island State House at 3:00 pm on March 1, 2017.


The PAUL CROWLEY AWARD is given each year by the Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association to a Rhode Island citizen or organization who, in his or her professional and personal capacity, has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to improving the quality of education for the children of Rhode Island as did Representative Paul Crowley throughout his career as a state representative from Newport. A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving senior planning a career in education and graduating from a Rhode Island public high school in the name of the Foundations.


Jo Eva Gaines has been a strong advocate for children and public education in Rhode Island. In addition to her service on the Newport School Committee and the Board of Education, she has been an active member of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees, serving on its Executive Board for many years.


Speakers at the presentation included Governor Raimondo, Senate President Paiva Weed, House HEW Chair Joe McNamara, Chair of the Board of Education Barbara Cottam, and Commissioner Ken Wagner.



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