East Providence School Committee recognizes new hire, receives facilities update

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EAST PROVIDENCE — Approved for the position the previously day by the Budget Commission, the East Providence School Committee formally announced Eileen Crudele as the new Director of Pupil Personnel for the department at a special session conducted Friday night, June 28, in the City Hall Chamber.

Ms. Crudele comes to East Providence after having spent the previous 11 years in the Special Education division of Pawtucket schools, the last four years as the director. She follows Superintendent Kim Mercer and new Director of Education Julie Motta from Pawtucket to the city.

"My first order of business is to build relationships in the schools with the teachers, administrators and parents so I can determine what we need to for the kids," said Ms. Crudele.

Ms. Crudele is a native of Foster and current resident of Narragansett. She received her undergraduate degree from Rhode Island College. She earned her Masters Degree in Special Education and plus-30 certifications in administration from Providence College.

Recognitions

The Committee recognized the performances of the East Providence High School boys' outdoor track and field team as well as that of English as a Second Language program director Maria Mansella.

The Townies recently won the 2013 state championship. Team members and coaches were noted for their exceptional efforts in winning the title, the first for the school in 17 years and just its fifth ever.

Speaking on behalf of the team, head coach Bob Lyons thanked his assistant, Mike Almeida, and the athletes for their dedication this spring. He also noted senior Chris Moura for being honored as the Boys' Outdoor Track Scholar/Athlete of the Year.

In her appreciation for Ms. Mansella, Mrs. Mercer said the ESL program has "exceeded" targets for what is believed to be the first time since its inception.

"The program is really working. The coordinator has really changed things the last few years," said Mrs. Mercer.

Facilities update

City Facilities Director Ed Catelli presented the Committee with a brief update on the status of projects expected to be undertaken over the summer recess with the $7 million remaining in bond money.

Mr. Catelli said new public address systems will be installed at Martin Middle School, East Providence High School and the East Providence Career & Technical Center. Construction will take place at the high school, mostly more asbestos remediation, as well as Waddington and Meadowcrest elementary schools, which need to be altered due to the influx of students from impending closing of Oldham Elementary. And if there is any money available, fire safety upgrades will be done at some of the other schools in the system.

"The money is getting scarce," Mr. Catelli said. "We need to make sure the contractors and the architects do their jobs."

Bids for the projects must be submitted by 2 p.m. on Friday, July 5. The bids will then presented to the Committee for its consideration at its next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, July 9.

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