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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.

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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