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Three-Person Subcommittee to Appoint Interim Superintendent

Diane Brennan, the new budget commission chairman, Charlie Tsonos, the current School Committee chairman, and a yet to be determined member of Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) will comprise the committee.

A soon-to-be formed subcommittee is on the search to find an interim superintendent to take the helm of the East Providence School District.

Budget commission members made fast moves to replace Edward Daft, the current superintendent who is  in Barrington at the end of the week.

Diane Brennan, the new budget commission chairman, Charlie Tsonos, the current School Committee chairman, and a yet to be determined member of Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) will comprise the committee.

According to Tsonos, the resumes of potential candidates have been collected. But until a member of RIDE is chosen to sit on the committee, no immediate action can be taken. He said budget commission members are eager to find a suitable replacement as the city is operating without key department heads.

"It's going well with the real skeleton staff," Tsonos said adding permanent finance and human resources directors have not been hired. "The entire city needs to retool and move forward."

Mayor Bruce Rogers thinks a candidate with experience in the East Providence school department is the logical choice.

"I'm a firm believer in hiring from within," he said, noting September is quickly approaching making the need for an experienced superintendent with a deep East Providence knowledge base all the more necessary.

"Ed Daft is leaving at the end of the week, he said. "So it makes it a very volatile situation."

Members of the school committee formed a search committee to find a superintendent months ago to relieve Daft of his extra duties. Action was paused by budget commission members due to a hiring freeze.

LC July 27, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Gotta wonder why he would leave this position to take a pay cut and now be Assistant Principal of Barrington High School. Come on EP get with the program, you are making us look bad!!!
Kevin Oliver July 27, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Chrissy Rossi has been pissing and moaning on facebook all week long about how this State is a dictatorship and that E.P. should handle it's own bussiness. Well Chrissy we tried that once and it ended with the State stepping in and you offering up ad's on busses to make money... How about we let the State handle this so we know that it'll get done right.....
Townie Embarassed July 28, 2012 at 12:01 AM
WHY is a candidate with experience in the East Providence school department the LOGICAL choice? There are a multitude of people outside this tiny little gene pool with new and innovative ideas who could lead this school department. Years of nepotism and hiring from within have resulted in where we are now! Fortunately for us the "MAYUH" will not be on this committee. Come on November!
davis bacon July 28, 2012 at 08:29 AM
Yes let's listen to Mayor Rogers and limit the search and hire from within, Maybe Val Lawson can run the system directly and not have to work through her union friendly board supporters. Rogers and his cronies have created a culture of failure. Their damage will be with us for a long time.

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