EAST PROVIDENCE — As expected Thursday afternoon, June 27, the Budget Commission approved the hiring of a permanent Director of Pupil Personnel of East Providence Schools with Eileen Crudele being named to fill the post.
Ms. Crudele follows Superintendent Kim Mercer from Pawtucket where she was an administrator for over 12 years and was most recently the Director of Special Needs, the crux of the position she will perform in city. Ms. Crudele takes over the Pupil Personnel post from Cheryl Ursillo, who manned the job for the last two school terms on what supposed to be an interim basis.
"She has a lot of experience," Mrs. Mercer said of Ms. Crudele following Thursday's Commission meeting. "It's very important to have someone with the kind of knowledge Eileen has in that position."
Added Julie Motta, another Pawtucket import who was recently named as East Providence's Director of Education, "The interview committee unanimously agreed Eileen was the most outstanding candidate for the position."
Mrs. Motta, Martin Middle School Principal Frank DeVall, Teachers' Union president Valerie Lawson, a city Special Needs teacher, a parent representing the East Providence Local Advisory Committee for Special Education (EPLAC) and a representative for the school nurses were among those on the interview committee.
Ms. Crudele is being hired at a salary ($108,000) and total benefits package of $137,901 per year. She is expected to start in her new position immediately.
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The Commission approved an increase in the base salary of Mrs. Motta, the Director of Ed who performs most if not all of the duties of an assistant superintendent, from just under $105,000 to exactly $110,000. In seeking the increase, Mrs. Mercer said it was to bring Mrs. Motta's compensation in line to the top level administrators in the department.
The Commission approved Mrs. Mercer's request to post and fill the position of principal at the Agnes Hennessey Elementary School. Current principal David Britto has requested a one-year leave of absence. The new principal will take over the post on a permanent basis. Mrs. Mercer said Mr. Britto indicated in his letter requesting leave he would be willing to accept any like available position on his return in time for the 2014-15 term.
After three years with the position budgeted but unfilled, the School Department will be able to hire an Intervention Coordinator after the Commission approved a request to post and fill the job.
Mrs. Mercer said the position is paid for through federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) funds. When asked by Commission Chair Diane Brennan if the role was currently being manned, Mrs. Mercer said, "No. No one has been doing it and it needs to be done."
The position, which pays a salary of $95,445, has oversight "of district-wide, multi-level instructional and behavioral systems for preventing school failure."
Finally from the schools, the Commission approved call-back requests for teachers to fill vacancies in the School Department created by retirements, resignations and displacements. Some 90 teachers were affected by the changes.
Thirteen positions remain vacant and need to be filled. Those are: Pre-Engineering, Career & Tech; Special Needs, Kent Heights; Special Needs/Pre-K, Meadowcrest (3); Business/Computers, Martin; Math, Martin; Special Needs, Martin; Special Needs, Oldham; Special Needs, Riverside Middle School (3); Special Needs, Whiteknact.