East Providence School Committee appoints new Oldham principal


EAST PROVIDENCE — Among the numerous appointments approved by the East Providence School Committee at its meeting Tuesday night, Aug. 14, in the City Hall chamber was that of Kimberly Laliberte as the new principal of Oldham Elementary School.

Ms. Laliberte comes to the position off a stint in district as a Master Metro Evaluator. She previously taught at East Providence High School.

The appointment of Ms. Laliberte, done in concert by Interim City Human Resources Director Heather Martino and current Interim School Superintendent Dr. John DeGoes, must also be supported by the Budget Commission. Because Ms. Martino works closely with the state-appointed board and due to Dr. DeGoes' standing, the Budget Commission almost assuredly will give its approval, which is expected to come at its next meeting scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 23.

On an aside, the School Committee gave its official nod to Dr. DeGoes as the new interim super. Tuesday night was his first committee meeting since coming on board Monday, Aug. 6.

In addition to Ms. Laliberte, the School Committee followed the Budget Commission's lead in approving the hire of Malcolm Moore for the new consolidated City Finance Director, a position that now includes oversight of all school financials as well as that of all other departments.

Also of note, Michael Silva, for Social Studies, Matthew Tsonos, for Physical Education, and Karen Cardillo, for Business, were  appointed department chairs at East Providence High School.

On the sports front, Angelo Pizzi and Nicholas Shattuck were formally approved as the new head and assistant varsity girls' soccer coaches at EPHS. Leslie Eastwood and Bob Duarte, respectively, were reappointed as the EPHS girls' and boys' cross country coaches. Bobbi Simon was appointed as the EPHS football cheerleading coach.

More meeting notes

  • Tuesday's meeting was the only scheduled gathering for the School Committee in the month of August. However, due to the likelihood of more appointments needing to be made, the committee is tentatively set to hold another meeting on either of two Mondays, Aug. 20 or 27. The need for the School Committee to me again also has to do with the impending departure of Ms. Martino as Interim HR director.
  • A request by the Little Rhody Aquatic Club to use the pool at East Providence High School was tabled. The youth swimming program was seeking a considerable amount of time at the facility throughout the year, but that seems very unlikely due to the current volume of activity.
  • Besides hosting the East Providence High School boys' and girls' teams, both East Greenwich High squads as well as those from neighboring Providence Country Day and St. Mary Academy-Bay View, also call the pool their home. The East Providence Masters' Swim Club also uses the facility.
  • School administrators Beth Salzillo and Rebecca Gendron led the School Committee through a presentation on updates to the system's curriculum over the summer as well as through a tutorial for teachers to grasp better the new evaluation procedure being implemented this year by the Rhode Island Department of Education.
  • Similarly, Ed Catelli, the city's consolidated Facilities Manager, made a presentation on the renovations taking place at school's in recent weeks and months.



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