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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 06-06-2019

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2 IN OUR SCHOOLS JUNE 6-12, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION BLACKSTONE – Jenny Chan- Remka, former assistant superin- tendent of schools in Woonsocket, has been appointed principal of the John F. Kennedy and Augustine F. Maloney Elementary Schools in Blackstone, starting July 1. The appointment is part of a larger consolidation that will see the two elementary schools under one admin- istration next year. As of next year, both schools will be headed by one principal and assistant principal and share the services of an instructional coach to assist with lesson planning. "We're excited about that. I think that it's going to provide a lot for continuity of services and oppor- tunities for kids," said Blackstone- Millville Regional Supt. Jason DeFalco. Chan-Remka previously served as assistant superintendent in Woonsocket, where she headed up the district's efforts in curriculum and instruction development. In March, Woonsocket Supt. Patrick McGee informed district staff that Chan-Remka was on personal leave. Though the reason for the leave was never disclosed, McGee emphasized it was for "personal reasons" and was not disciplinary in nature. Prior to beginning as assistant superintendent in Woonsocket in 2015, Chan-Remka served as prin- cipal and assistant principal at Bain Middle School in Cranston and taught in the Providence Public School District. She could not be reached for comment on this story. According to DeFalco, the posi- tion was posted at a salary of $100,000 to $105,000 in mid-April and announced shortly after April vacation. He noted Chan-Remka's experience with curriculum, teaching and leadership development among the reasons she was chosen for the position. "I think, one, her focus on stu- dents, her excitement and energy around teaching and learning, her commitment to families and partner- ing so closely with families at the AFM and JFK complex, her experi- ence in teaching and learning, her experience in curriculum, her work in leadership development," he said. "I think those are all things that we are really eager and excited to be bringing on board." Though DeFalco said he was not aware of Chan-Remka's reasons for taking personal leave from the dis- trict, he said he spoke with McGee, Woonsocket School Committee Chairman Paul Bourget and the lead- ership of the Woonsocket Teachers Guild and received recommenda- tions on all accounts. The principal's position at Augustine F. Malony Elementary School is currently filled by Carol Brown, who plans to retire at the end of this school year. The prin- cipal's position at John F. Kennedy Elementary School is currently filled by Steve Tringali. DeFalco said it was uncertain at this point whether Tringali would remain with the district next year. In addition to consolidating ser- vices at the two schools, the new administrative model is expected to result in a cost savings for the district, allowing the schools to hire the instructional coach without incur- ring an additional cost in next year's budget, according to DeFalco. Last month, residents of both Blackstone and Millville voted to approve the district's requested $24.8 million budget, which includes a $9.5 million local contribution from the town of Blackstone and a $3.3 million con- tribution from the town of Millville. According to DeFalco, the approved budget represents an extra $70,000 on top of a level-serviced budget and will be used to implement a new dis- trict improvement strategy developed over the past year. "We are incredibly grateful to the towns of Blackstone and Millville," he said. "They both passed our bud- get at their town meetings and we could not be more pleased with the support and grateful to the towns. We worked really, really diligently with our existing budget and we're able to restructure some existing resources." Former Woonsocket assistant superintendent named principal at Blackstone elementary schools By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com CHAN-REMKA Dental Implants are changing the way people live. You Deserve to Smile with Confidence. David Ward, dmd & Samantha Ward, dmd 460 S. Main St., Woonsocket, RI www.DrDaveWard.com To schedule an appointment call 401-762-2422 NO INSURANCE? We Offer In-Office Dental Payment Plans GREAT VALUE QUALITY SERVICE 36 BLACKSTONE STREET WOONSOCKET 401-766-3270 WWW.TERRYAUTOLTD.COM Gil & Meika 2008 ToyoTa Rav 4 FWD, Loaded 80K miles ............................ $ 8,495 Now Offering On-Site Bank Financing Westlake Financial WE BUY CARS 2014 NissaN Rogue AWD ........................................... $ 10,995

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