Portsmouth names interim assistant superintendent

Katherine Sipala starts job Feb. 3

By Kristen Ray
Posted 1/15/20

PORTSMOUTH — From celebrating state champions to announcing new appointments, School Committee members had plenty to keep them busy during their first meeting of the new year Tuesday …

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Portsmouth names interim assistant superintendent

Katherine Sipala starts job Feb. 3

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PORTSMOUTH — From celebrating state champions to announcing new appointments, School Committee members had plenty to keep them busy during their first meeting of the new year Tuesday night:

• Incoming Superintendent Thomas Kenworthy announced that Katherine Sipala will step in as the interim assistant superintendent for the school district, effective Feb. 3. Ms. Sipala most recently served as the superintendent for Narragansett before her retirement in 2016. 

• Committee members recognized the Portsmouth High School unified volleyball team for winning the Division III state championship last November. The team had defeated Cumberland two games to none to earn the title. 

• Ten Portsmouth Middle School students received awards for their outstanding scores on the Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS). Each student had exceeded expectations in both literacy and math on the assessments. 

• Before she leaves on Friday, the committee thanked outgoing Superintendent Ana Riley for her time with the Portsmouth School District. Ms. Riley is set to start her new role as the deputy commissioner for instructional programs with the Rhode Island Department of Education this month. On Monday, the Town Council also recognized her contributions to the district.

• The capital planning subcommittee approved a budget of $543,000 for furniture and fixtures and $261,809 for IT capital improvements for 2021.

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