All-New School Board Taking Over

The new members in all five seats of the East Providence School Committee bid adieu to the outgoing board on Tuesday night.


Out with the old and in with the new.

That was the crux of the East Providence School Committee meeting Tuesday night, Nov. 13, in City Hall, according to the East Providence Post.

Outgoing members – Charles Tsonos, Luisa Abatecola, Ryan Tellier, Stephen Furtado and Chrissy Rossi – gave some final thoughts on their two-year terms. Incoming members -- Joel Monteiro, Elizabeth Clupny, Anthony Ferreira, Richard Pimentel and Tim Conley -- introduced themselves.

Tsonos, the School Committee chairman who stepped down to seek a legislative seat, said that watching what East Providence has endured over the past two years  “has not been pleasant to watch … but I certainly look forward to better days ahead,” according to the Post.

Interim Superintendent John DeGoes announced that the school department donated more than 1,500 pounds of food to the Rhode Island Food Bank. The non-perishable food was collected at the annual Townie Pride Parade last month.

DeGoes said also that three school buses filled with supplies for Hurricane Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey were donated by students and their families.

-- William Rupp


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