School Committee Puts Brakes on Superintendent Search

Interim Superintendent Edward Daft will remain in his role until January.

East Providence school committee members voted to indefinitely suspend the search for a permanent superintendent during Tuesday night's meeting at .

According to Chairman Charles Tsonos, budget commission members strongly recommended that the school department hold off on hiring staff due to a $7.4 million projected deficit. 

"[The commission] discouraged us from pursuing a superintendent search for several reasons, much of which has to do with the financial situation of the city," he said.

Interim Superintendent Edward Daft will remain in his role until January.

"It's good to see you Mr. Daft. Take your vitamins," Tsonos said. 

According to Daft, the understaffed department works well together though he would like some extra manpower to complete his duties. He said Michael O'Keefe, budget commission chairman, was receptive to the idea.

"It's not a bad place to work, when it could be," he said, adding staff members have gone above and beyond their usual duties. "I do appreciate the help. It's one of the reasons why I have agreed to stay on."

Rumford Resident January 27, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Oh, and taxpayer, if we have ALLLL of those savings, when can we get the tax cut that Tsonos campaigned on?
Arthur Dolloff January 27, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Yes taxpayer those overstaffed committies of the past set a standard that we have yet to fix. There is way too much money being spent running the school department ant way too little effort teaching the students. There is a glut of overpaid and underworked people in the city government and it has to be fixed. If we paid on performance: a teacher may be worth $40k , a principal $50k , a supt $65k, and i fail to see why a person with a Masters or PHD is needed at the level this school department is performing!!!!
Arthur Dolloff January 27, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I have to say you are right on target Bruce, If you get rid of all those people that are crying about how hard their jobs are, I am sure you would have a line down to the square waiting to take their places. Hell even the least qualified person is capable of doing the job that is being done now. I think that may be the problem, we are using the least qualified...
Govstench January 29, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Bruce and Arthur, all good points - you have to wonder how Supt. Martin was able to get it all done with just him at the helm. At best, he may have had a secretary. Compare then to today's graduates - it is no comparison. The system is broken and the taxpayers are paying for it. Major reforms are needed and the economy will drive it this time.
Arthur Dolloff January 30, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Govstench, My wonderings led me to some old memories, my Grandfather was a teacher in Cranston for many years, I watched him retire into a trailer on my aunts small farm in South Kingston with barely a cent to his name, the state had taken his land for Rt 295. My cousin retired from teaching in Bristol and as a single parent lives in EP and travels extensively. My daughter was a PC teaching graduate that went into the travel industry. My point is I have seen a lot of the system and it is BROKEN if not corrupt. The Tea party, Occupy (city) movement, and the GOP tearing itself apart are mere signs of the civil unrest in this country and city. You would think that with the level of social media that the city elected officials would be sending strong messages and sharing ideas, hell even asking for public input. Instead they sit mute with their fingers in th… ….. and hope it will all blow over. Well this one is not going away. There are people who will venture into the Blog arena and snipe at things but there have been few advancing ideas, good or bad, for consideration. Maybe the elected officials do not even know we exist, or maybe they hope WE will go away. In any event I will not stop until they pry my keyboard from my cold dead hands, or maybe tax me into oblivion.


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