Providence Seeks Input On Search For Schools Chief

Oct 15, 2015

The Providence School Department headquarters on Westminster Street, on the city's West Side.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

The search committee seeking a superintendent for Rhode Island's largest school district has scheduled a series of public meetings to gather input from residents.

Organizers said the forums will focus on a job description for the Providence superintendent and discussion of the major issues the district faces.

Former Providence Superintendent of Schools, Susan Lusi, surprised many district employees when she announced in May that she would not return for another school year. In an exit interview, Lusi suggested that school funding and complicated city bureaucracy played roles in her decision to leave.

Currently, an interim superintendent is running the Providence schools, Chris Maher from the nonprofit education consulting outfit MassInsight Education. Providence officials have said he is welcome to apply for the permanent position.

The committee leading the search will submit recommendations to Providence's Board of Education, which will select the finalist.

The first public meeting is scheduled for next Thursday. Here's the full schedule:

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Pleasant View Elementary School (50 Obadiah Brown Road, Providence, RI 02909)

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Providence Career and Technical Academy (41 Fricker Street, Providence, RI 02903)

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Nathan Bishop Middle School (101 Sessions Street, Providence, RI 02906)

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM