EAST PROVIDENCE — At its bi-weekly meeting held Thursday, Nov. 29, in City Hall, the East Providence Budget Commission received news from Interim School Superintendent Dr. John DeGoes about the impending departure the department’s curriculum director Elizabeth Salzillo.
Dr. DeGoes informed the Commission Ms. Salzillo’s last day in the position would be Friday, Nov. 30. Ms. Salzillo’s move was the subject of a recent article here at eastbayri.com and in print edition of The East Providence Post.
In response, the Commission granted Dr. DeGoes and Interim Human Resources Director Heather Martino the authority to immediately post the position as open and seek a replacement.
Also of immediate concern, the Commission approved several Special Education contracts with outside vendors for the 2012-13 term. The vendors include Pathways Strategic Training Center ($73,354), High Road School of Providence ($28,526), The Groden Center (13 placements, $1,065,961), Providstaff ($37,400), Northern R.I. Collaborative (two positions, $57,551) and The Providence Center (two placements, ($111,320).
The Commission also approved leave of absences for Mary-Ann Duval from her position as a Special Education Resource Teacher at Riverside Middle School and Jessica Pasquarelli as an assistant coach for the East Providence High School swim team. In addition, Loriann Nold request for time off under the Family Medical Leave Act was granted.
The Commission approved three appointments Thursday — Joanne Tortolani as a district Evaluation Team Leader, Karen Marotto as a two-fifths Special Ed teacher at EPHS and Leslie Ryan as an interim (90-day) teacher of the visually impaired. The appointments come with a total cost of $117,314.58.
With the recent suggestion from the Supreme Court to have the city and teachers’ union negotiate a settlement of their long-standing grievance, the Commission was told that Attorney Daniel Kinder has likely received his final payment while representing East Providence in the case. The firm of Little, Medeiros, Kinder and Hulman was paid $10,398.59, which brings its tally to well over $1 million for its services in the four-year long dispute.
Two other school notes of import, the administrative department’s transition to City Hall from the Burnside Avenue building in Riverside is nearly completion. City Manager and Budget Commission member Peter Graczykowski told his counterparts all aspects of the School Department will be settled on the third floor of City Hall by Jan. 15.
Later in the afternoon, Budget Commission Chairman Diane Brennan told members of the newly-elected City Council and School Committee that the search for a permanent superintendent was continuing and remained a focal point. It is a expected a full-time replacement for Dr. DeGoes will be in place by February 2013.