By Elisabeth Harrison
Central Falls, R.I. – Central Falls school officials have unveiled a new design for the district that includes a separate school for fifth graders.
Superintendent Fran Gallo says the recommendation is partly due to space constraints and partly due to concerns about student achievement, which seems to begin dropping off in fifth grade.
The school board also approved two new principals for Central Falls High School, which is undergoing a state-ordered overhaul to raise test scores.
The move comes after WRNI learned that one of the candidates exaggerated his record on raising student achievement. Sonn Sam, a principal at the Met school, says he made a mistake and plans to fix the resume. The board approved his appointment unanimously.