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The North Providence Breeze 12-05-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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6 NORTH PROVIDENCE DECEMBER 5-11, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH PROVIDENCE EDITION delegate responsibility to others." The North Providence community prioritized the following skills as essential needs for the new superin- tendent: • A proven track record of bringing multiple stakeholders to a common understanding of what's best for chil- dren; • Leadership experience and prov- en success as a school administrator. • Exceptional communication skills; • Highly capable to lead a strong workforce and engaged community. • And believes in empowerment within the district. Respondents also expressed the top five character traits they'd like to see in the next superintendent, which included "genuine care around all aspects of the work," honesty, strong listening skills, forward-thinking and trustworthiness. Themes that emerged from the sur- vey included the request for a "deep and thorough background check," that the superintendent plan to remain in the district for an extended period of time and that they listen and learn before embarking on change, recognizing that the dis- trict is "not broken." Other themes included wanting someone "user- friendly," visible and connected; someone clear, concise and detailed while communicating with stakehold- ers; and someone with "appropriate priorities" who puts children first. Stakeholders at the public forum expressed similar desires for a leader who is accessible, experienced and here to stay. Arthur Parise Jr., a special educator at Marieville Elementary School, said, "this is my third year and will be my third superintendent. Hopefully whoever we pick is here for the next three to 10 years." Mary Hillman, a parent in the district who was raised in North Providence, said she wants to see a superintendent who, "can stay the duration, is honest and sincere, and is someone who, when they think about coming to work every day, they think about the kids. They have to have the kids' best interest in mind. In my opinion I haven't seen that in the last couple of superinten- dents, which as a great concern of mine … I'd like to see that dedica- tion." One parent of a special needs child in the district said she'd like to see that special needs children are considered in this process, while Hillman said she hopes they're also a champion and advocate for medi- cally challenged students. Erardi asked attendees to provide an "elevator pitch" to their next superintendent, with 45 seconds to share something about North Providence and the success they may or may not have in the district. "They need to go out and see and understand things for themselves. Stop listening to what other people say about the district and go out and see what's happening in the schools, then form your opinions," said NPHS Science Department chair and teacher's union president Michael Cicerone. "Keep the pulse on what's hap- pening in the district," advised Tara Cooper, a parent of three children at the elementary, middle and high school levels. "I've had some good relationships with past superinten- dents, but everyone should feel com- fortable to say: here is my issue, how do we work collaboratively to make this a better situation?" Cooper also noted that there are a number of "amazing things happen- ing in the district, with strong teach- ers who put in a lot of effort." Erardi said he has heard that "over and over again" about North Providence and the strength of its school district. School Committee member Roderick Da Silva said his message for the new superintendent would be to, "come to work every day, roll up your sleeves, enjoy your work and be consistent." School Committee Vice Chairwoman Gina Picard said her expectation was, "advocacy for all students; someone who creates opportunities for all of our kids." SUPT. From Page 5 Continues on next page Custom Finish or You Finish & Save Tables • Chairs • Entertainment Centers Stools • Hutches • Bookcases • Benches Corner Cabinets • Bedroom Sets • etc. 1661 Lonsdale Ave., Lincoln, RI 725-0360 Mon.-Wed. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu & Fri 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. UNFINISHED & FINISHED FREE 4 PEG COAT BOARD With any purchase $20 Off any purchase of $100 or more With ad. One per order. Does not apply to sale items. 9 Powder Hill Road (Off Rt. 123) Lincoln, RI 401-728-5903 Open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m. VISIT OUR FACTORY OUTLET STORE! Making a Difference in the Lives of Others 610 Smithfield Road North Providence, RI 02904 (401) 353-6300 Sub-Acute Rehabilitation, Long-term Care, Secure Dementia Care and Hospice Services Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy Private and Semi-Private Rehab Rooms Admissions 24 Hours ~ 7 Days per week We accept: Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, United Health, Neighborhood & Medicaid Hopkins Manor

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