Budget Commission OKs New Principals

Donna Raptakis to head Pothier, Lisa Jacques for Coleman.


The Woonsocket Budget Commission has approved the hiring of Donna Raptakis and Lisa Jacques as principals of and , respectively.

The two $89,000 per year appointments were made by the Woonsocket School Committee early last week and approved by the Budget Commission during its Aug. 30 meeting.

Raptakis, the former principal of Washington Oak School in Coventry, attended the Budget Commission meeting. "I'm looking forward to it," Raptakis said shortly before the Commission approved the School Committee's appointments. Jacques did not attend.

"Dr. Raptakis comes to us with 28 years of excellence in teaching," said Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan. Raptakis was Washington Oak's principal for seven years. Before that, she was principal at Oak Haven in Coventry for nine years and an assistant principal at Washington Oak four years before that. She also spent two years as a teacher in Coventry Schools before becoming an administrator.

She began her career as a special education teacher in Stonington, CT for six years before coming to Rhode Island. 

Raptakis resigned as principal of Washington Oak School in Coventry in May to pursue other opportunities, according to Coventry Superintendent Michael Convery. She replaces Principal Donna Coderre, who took over as principal at Leo Savoy School.

Jacques has been with the Woonsocket Education Department for 10 years, said School Committee member Anita McGuire-Forcier. She spent about eight years as a math teacher before taking a position as K-12 Mathematics Instructional Leader for the district. She replaces former Coleman and Fifth Avenue Schools principal Ronald Celio, who resigned. 

Mr. Sluggo September 06, 2012 at 02:30 PM
A very positive post on new vocational ideas Russell,i commend you on thinking outside the box.
DR September 06, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Russ while you are on a roll as mayor you could contact the leaders of Cumberland and North Smithfield .You could suggest combining services police,fire and school. Just think of the field day you would have firing all the duplication.
Sly September 06, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Well folks,Another great move by are very smart BC.What would we do without them. There's a place called Famville,I think between the BC,Fontaine, and Ward they would best be used there.All are in each other's cage. Principles are merely baby sitters,That's an expensive babysitter.I would guess the teachers union is pretty close to all 3 of the above mention party's.As that may come to no surprise to some intelligent people in this once great City.
DR September 06, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Add Lincoln to the list and the library with extended hours and programs could be shared with the other towns.
Butter Cup September 21, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Great Ideas! I'm sure no teacher has EVER tried to get a child interested in school! I'm certain no effort has EVER been made by a teacher to figure out what drives and interests a child so that they will be excited and engaged in school activity! What happens when they have physical, mental or emotional abuse issues which they bring to school daily and a teacher must first work on these issues before the teaching begins?? I'm also certain teachers and principals haven't tried to get volunteers to come into schools to speak with the children and teach them various skills or mentor them. That's yet another great idea! Furthermore, I imagine teachers haven't WISHED and hoped they could have 2 or 3 tutors in the classroom to help the students while they teach the lessons! Should "tutors" expect to be PAID for this service or should they also be expected to volunteer?? Oh and without principals...when students are in a fight, not attending class or are leaving school grounds, whom should we send to help? The teachers that are in the classroom teaching?


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