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Coventry School Committee Member Gets Distinguished Service Award

Katherine Patenaude, chairwoman of the Coventry School Committee, was recognized by the National School Boards Association recently.

Katherine Patenaude has been serving on the Coventry School Committee since 2002. (Submitted photo)
Katherine Patenaude has been serving on the Coventry School Committee since 2002. (Submitted photo)

Katherine Patenaude, Chair of the Coventry School Committee, recently received a Distinguished Service Award from the National School Boards Association, for her outstanding commitment to public education through her school committee leadership and service on the local and national levels. 

Kathy has been serving on the Coventry School Committee since 2002 and has been chair of that committee since 2008.  She currently is President of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees (RIASC).  She was also past president of the Rhode Island PTA. 

In a letter to Ms. Patenaude, David Pickler, President of the National School Boards Association wrote, "Through your service, you have made a significant contribution to public education in your district and your state, and you have helped to increase respect for school boards across America.  By your excellent work as a school committee member, you have helped to prepare students to become successful, contributing members of a changing, global society.

Lila E. Ritchotte March 03, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Congratulations Kathy. This certainly could not have been given to a more dedicated member of the School Committee and advocate for the students of Coventry. I have seen firsthand your dedication and know that the decisions you make are well thought out and always in the best interest of the students and community. Lila Ritchotte
LongGoneAndHappy March 05, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Well deserved. A thankless job done exceptionally well. Congratulations.

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