Raptakis Named Principal in Woonsocket

Donna Raptakis to head Pothier Elementary School.


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.

Amie September 04, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Didnt she start this school year as a teacher in a coventry elementary school?
Jenn Clayton Petrin September 04, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Yes at tiogue. Seems wrong for the kids.
Christine Moran September 04, 2012 at 09:06 PM
How nice of her to drop her 1st grade position at Tiogue at the very beginning of the school year. Very unprofessional....Woonsocket can have her.
Amie September 04, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Hope they will hire a teacher for these kids and no just give them long term subs
QuidnickCrusader September 04, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Yes indeed, Woonsocket can have her. She was given a unanimous vote of "No Confidence" by the staff at Washington Oak School, which precipitated her contract as a Principal to not be re-newed. She and her husband, Lou, then devised a plot to gain her appointment to the Asst. Superintendent position that was vacated when James Erinakes accepted the Superintendent position in Exeter/West Greenwich. The plot in question was to hold the District 5 Town Council race hostage, by Donna filing to force a Democratic primary against incumbent Ted Jendzejec, which in theory would have had the Democratic Town Committee "turn up the heat" on the School Committe to appoint her to the position. They all balked, and she ultimately withdrew the nomination papers, and the Coventry position was filled by two other individuals. Now we know why: she must have know she was being considered for the Woonsocket position all along. But this should tell us all what the Raptakis's are really all about: themselves.
Realistic voter September 04, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Her husband is running for senate and Central coventry fire board, Never met someone so strange and self-serving!!! Maybe he will move up there. Wait till they get a load of her!!!!
#TeamDonnaRaptakis September 05, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Donna is a great principal and none of you know the real reasons why she left!! She's all about the kids and she's going to do great in Woonsocket!!! Congratulations Donna and we wish you the best of luck!
Coventry Voter September 05, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I say good luck Donna, You have always been all about the kids, You do not or have you ever kissed up to the teachers or the parents. You have always been about the kids!! My children were lucky to have you for a princepal. You are so fortunate to be leaving the Good ole boy polititics known as the coventry school deptartment that bullies qualified people from not getting the jobs that they deserve. Instead they give them to their friends wifes that are not qualified for the position after being in the system for 2 weeks. But this isnt about the good ole boy network, Its about someone that truley deserves all of the best. The children of woonsocket are very lcuky to have her as princepal!
Concerned Grandparent September 05, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Coventry Voter, would you have liked it if your children were in that 1st Grade class this year at Tiogue School?
Coventry Voter September 05, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Teachers come and go all the time, When my daughter was in 3rd grade she had a sub all year because the teacher was out on maternity leave. She did just fine.
coventry voter-Jay September 05, 2012 at 11:13 AM
OMG!!!!! The Devil must be handing out Sno-Cones because H E double tooth pics must have frozen over. . I am in full agreement with Coventry Voter. . Best of luck to Dr Raptakis
Mohawk September 05, 2012 at 12:48 PM
His hole platform is about how his Fire District taxes tripled well Lou that happens when you change zoneing from residential to Commercial ,and get this he wants the Fire district to still charge him residential . I dont know bout you but you really want this guy in either postion .VOTE NO ..!
QuidnickCrusader September 05, 2012 at 05:10 PM
The proof of her entry into the council race can be seen here: https://secure.ricampaignfinance.com/tempreports/58675_RI.pdf when she filed Notice of Organization with the Board of Elections. Follow the paper trail.
Coventry mom September 05, 2012 at 05:21 PM
My Daughter was in the first grade class at Tiogue this year. We walked in to a classroom which was completely bare except for the desks. While all of the other teachers in the school were decorating so that their students would come in to a warm inviting room, Dr. Raptakis was worrying about herself only. She then proceeded to take the 2nd day of school off- leaving 6 year old children completely lost when they needed a familiar face. No Fair. I am disgusted and she should be ashamed of herself.
Realistic voter September 06, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Yea right read coventry mom, She and her husband think of one thing...THEMSELVES!!!!!
Christine Moran September 06, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Coventry Voter: Teachers who go on maternity leave make sure their classrooms are ready for a long term sub and have routines put in place. It is very, very different. TRUE educators who are invested in educating children and actually CARE do not come and go. They take a position and see it through. This is first grade, different from third. Love her all you want...you're definitely the minority.
Coventry Voter September 07, 2012 at 12:53 PM
So then what you are saying is that if a better opportunity for you came about that you would pass it up due to loyalty?
Coventry Resident September 07, 2012 at 05:53 PM
My son was in the class too and I say good riddance! I don't really care what her reasons for leaving were... she knew well before this school year started that there was at least a possibility she would not be there for this school year. A little honesty on her part would have been appreciated since these kids were robbed of the excitement and joy of their first day of class because this woman - who is supposedly "all about the children", didn't even take the time to make it look like a classroom. Even if she planned to be there for one day - the kids deserve more than she gave them. And, yes, Coventry Voter - loyalty goes a long way! I would rather she had been honest and say she was in the running waiting for a position's approval so a qualified teacher could have been in my son's classroom the first day. Instead, she was selfish, kept her mouth shut for fear that the Woonsocket positon would not get approved and she would have been jobless.
Christine Moran September 08, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I agree Coventry Resident. She should have been honest. She also should not have accepted a classroom position in the first place. At the very least she should have decorated the classroom and prepared lessons and a something to follow for the first few weeks of school. There are people (very, very few) that obviously respect her. No matter who "great" she was at Washington Oak, she was unprofessional and a disgrace to the education profession after the awful way she left Tiogue, her first grade students, and their families. She made a commitment to this position and should have seen it through or at the very least given the families some notice and finished out the first week.
John B September 10, 2012 at 12:58 PM
You could not be more wrong if you tried. She has never been about kids. If she was, she would not have left her most recent teaching job in the middle of the year - middle of the first week actually! As far as the school department bulling qualified people, that is exactly what donna did. She bullied her way into a teaching job after not teaching in over a generation, only to leave 3 days later, depriving the kids of the stability of a teacher that actually cares enough about kids to commit to teaching the whole year. If she did not bully her way to this job, it was given to her by friends on the school committee. Either way, she HURT the kids selfishly. Hopefully the woonsocket kids won't learn as yours may have that you don't spell principal with an E.
Delores September 10, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Donna Ratakis is all about the kids, that is why she left them 2 days after the school year began! Nice! . Maybe her husband and their Buddy A$$alone can all move to Woonsocket it would be the greatest gift to the Town of Coventry.
Coventry tax payer September 22, 2012 at 02:40 AM
She was put thru the coals by Administrative staff. This is all politics coming from the Administrators. They gave her no respect. I do not blame her for leaving. I am happy for her. She deserves better than what they did to her.


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