Two New School Asst. Superintendents Appointed

Dr. Michael Almeida and Mrs. Lee Rabbitt were officially appointed to the positions at Thursday's School Committee meeting.


At Thursday night's meeting of the Coventry School Committee, Dr. Michael Almeida and Mrs. Lee Rabbitt were officially appointed as Assistant Superintendents of Coventry Public Schools. They are replacing after a 22-year career in Coventry.

Superintendent Michael Convery explained that the decision to appoint two superintendents is returning to the 2007 model that proved successful.

"This is budget neutral in regards to increased cost," he explained. "The position is grant funded for the first year and through efficiencies during the year we'll be able to fund it going forward."

"I'm very happy to appoint both of these positions tonight," he went on to say. "It is time we go back to the model we had previously."

Dr. Almeida is coming to this position from his role as Principal at , of which he was named Middle School Principal of the Year in 2010 from the Rhode Island Association of School Principals.

"I look forward to serving the community as a whole," said Dr. Almeida. "I'm excited and nervous at the same time but I am looking forward to the opportunity."

Mrs. Rabbitt was formerly the Director of Technology for Newport Public Schools. She received the International Recognition Award for ‘Making It Happen’ in Educational Technology from the International Society for Technology in Education in January of 2012.

"I am thrilled to be coming to Coventry and looking forward to working with the great staff you have here," she said.

"Lee is bringing experience and skills to the district that have been sorely needed for a long time," said School Committee Chairperson Kathy Patenaude.

Both appointments will be effective as of August 6, 2012.

Coventry Voter July 21, 2012 at 02:18 AM
How can they Justify 2 assistant superindants when only one left, You have roofs in the schools that are falling down, Not to mention Mr. Almeda slept with one of his subordinates and got her pregnant. How can they be the moral fiber that everyone is suppose to look up to and respect. Good ole boys at it again.
Coventry Voter July 21, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I am sure that the previous comment will be deleted by reuest of the school department, That is called censorship and arent we supposed to be against that being as we are supposed to have free speech.
Christine Moran July 21, 2012 at 02:55 AM
While it might be difficult to hear and make people uncomfortable, it's the 100% truth and shouldn't be deleted. Vicious rumors that cannot be proven might require deletion. This is not a lie and any and all comments pertaining to it should remain. Accountability! I also question the need for your two more upper administrators when only one left. We hear every spring how "dire" the budget situation is for the school department, yet they hire two upper administrators (salaries, benefits package, pension= BIG $$). A "grant" isn't free money. Someone pays for it and that someone is the tax payers. Even though it isn't coming out of our town taxes, we're still paying for it.
Speak out July 21, 2012 at 03:07 PM
To both "Coventry Parent" and "Coventry Voter" who both speak of free speech and accountability, but yet hide behind a shield of anonymity when doing so.
Patrick Malone July 21, 2012 at 07:22 PM
As does "Speak out." I feel an irony overdose coming on.
Voice of Reason July 21, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Once again, I read comments from holier-than-thou “Coventry Voters” who claim they love and support Coventry while making derogatory comments that harm and violate the privacy of others. Oh, how wonderful it must be to know everything and never make mistakes! Let’s get this straight- just because you live and vote in Coventry, doesn’t give you the right to judge others and commit libel. I’ll let you in on a little secret-there are actually laws against that whether you hide behind the First Amendment or not! Plus, let me ask this of you Coventry Patriots- have you ever been to a School Committee meeting or run for office yourself? If your answer is no, then I suggest you think twice about the comments you make. If you do not know every side to a story or situation, you have no right to post your incredulous opinion and call it fact. All it does is make you look ignorant. So if that was what you were going for, mission accomplished.
Coventry Voter July 22, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Voice, Apparently you do not know the truth behind the Situation i described, Maybe people do not reveal their identity because of fear of retaliation to their children from the school dept. If you think that wont happen you are not as intelligent as you seem to be. Also what i stated is fact and i am not slandering anyone, My point is that if this had happend in corporate america they would both have been on the outside looking in. Instead they get promoted. I understand everyone makes mistakes, But when you are in a position overseeing people you should act in a professional manner, In my opinion this didnt happen. My question is how is anyone suppose to respect a hippocriate with no morals and take them seriously.
Voice of Reason July 22, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Well, you know what they say about opinions...plus you continue to make leaps between one thing and a person's overall moral character. No morals? Really?Reflect upon your own life and see if you would like someone to do that to you. Plus, this article was about the hiring of two Assistant Superintendent's, NOT about someone's personal life. You brought that into the conversation and thus opened yourself up to this.
Coventry Voter July 22, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Anyone can judge my moral charector, I have no problem with that, I am not one that is in the public eye. My whole point is the goold ole boy network as usual, we lost one asst, super and hire two more. We have roofs trhat are collapsing at the high school, Books that are very old and yet we would rather spend more money on other things than the students needs. How about improving the condition of our schools making them soemthing the students can be proud to say is their school instead of saying they go to a dump!
Voice of Reason July 22, 2012 at 03:30 AM
Voter, that response is much more in line with what can be derived from this article. You make many good points that are grounds for appropriate debate or discussion amongst the public. I wish you would have made that your first post so that people could have expanded on real issues that directly impact students. Things (or situations as you call them) that happened YEARS ago and/or are personal should stay in the past and be kept private. My point is that it is both disrespectful and counterproductive to keep bringing it up. People should be focused on how we can work as a community to keep our schools safe and effective.
Speak out July 23, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Agreed with Voice, I think it is completely appropriate for a taxpayer to question why two assistant principals are needed to replace one vacancy. Even if Mr. Convery's explanation is that it ends up being net zero in terms of the budget, because that money could be used for other purposes with needing a grant or increased budget request from the town. But let people's private lives be private. Neither of the actions by the people you allude to had ANY impact on how they did their job. They were both very good principals and did what was best for the kids and buildings.
coventry voter-Jay July 25, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Was it proven they had relations on school grounds?. . When this issue came across the Super's desk what did he do?. . What policies were or are in place that deal with relationships like this one?
coventry voter-Jay July 25, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Someone is always getting screwed in Coventry, normally it's the taxpayer, but I digress. . What ever happened to the Anthony Firefighter that was caught red handed having relations with hospital staff in the back of an Anthony Rescue vehicle while on duty and on a transport to Kent Hospital? . Gary Cote promised action. The only action we have seen went on in the back of the rescue. . I guess his Union Brother Came before the Taxpayer. . I guess in Gary's opinion the Firefighters come first. . Again Coventry taxpayers get screwed . I can do this all day.....................
coventry voter-Jay July 25, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Just to be clear, there are a few people named "Coventry Voter" on here. My comments will always have my "bringing sexy back" photo attached
Realistic voter July 27, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Mike is that you the coventry tree cutter?
In41time July 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM
This 2 assistant supers to replace one is bogus. This is an overall increase in the amount that taxpayers have to pay for this position grant or no grant. Doesn't make sense at all and is just another example of government waste. The grant pays for the first year and the on-going funding will be made up "through efficiencies". How about we take those "efficiencies" and apply those funds to reduce the budget or a more pressing priority? Spend, spend, spend it's taxpayer money!
coventry voter-Jay July 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM
^^^^^^^What Gene Said^^^^^^^^ And no I am in the medical field. I do not cut trees I hug them...........
coventry voter-Jay July 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Yes it did or we would not be talking about it
Anonymous Coventry Resident December 28, 2012 at 05:20 PM
I stumbled upon this article and am embarrassed to say the least that I was oblivious to this decision to hire two asst. superintendents to replace one. In case it was an oversight, it should be pointed out that the superintendent said that it would pose no increase to the budget THIS YEAR. Quote copied and pasted---"This is budget neutral in regards to increased cost," he explained. "The position is grant funded for the first year and through efficiencies during the year we'll be able to fund it going forward." And what "efficiencies" will fund it going forward???


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