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."