Paul Amaral is stepping down as athletics director for the East Providence schools.
Amaral announced his decision late last week. He has served more than seven years as the AD, according to eastbayri.com.
Amaral is returning to the classroom as a physical education and health teacher at the high school. The school department has already posted the job internally.
“God works in mysterious ways as they say,” Amaral said in the newspaper story. “I’m a man of faith. God has a direction for me. I was blessed to have such a long run as the AD. I may not like how it all came about, but I see that there are fruits that will come with this.”
Amaral pointed to several factors that contributed to his decision to resign, including a 60 percent salary cut for the AD and all coaches, the loss of middle school sports, and the elimination of the assistant athletics director post by the East Providence Budget Commission.
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