The Woonsocket Budget Commission has approved the hiring of Donna Raptakis as principal of .
The $89,000 per year appointment was made by the Woonsocket School Committee early last week and approved by the Budget Commission during its Aug. 30 meeting.
Raptakis, the former principal of in Coventry, attended the Budget Commission meeting. "I'm looking forward to it," Raptakis said shortly before the Commission approved the School Committee's appointments.
"Dr. Raptakis comes to us with 28 years of excellence in teaching," said Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan. Raptakis was Washington Oak's principal for seven years. Before that, she was principal at Oak Haven in Coventry for nine years and an assistant principal at Washington Oak four years before that. She also spent two years as a teacher in Coventry Schools before becoming an administrator.
She began her career as a special education teacher in Stonington, CT for six years before coming to Rhode Island.
Raptakis resigned as principal of Washington Oak School in Coventry in May to pursue other opportunities, according to Coventry Superintendent Michael Convery. She replaces Principal Donna Coderre, who took over as principal at Leo Savoy School.