Who's who and new at school

Posted 8/28/13

Each summer there is some movement within and out of the Cranston Public Schools. This yearly Cranston Herald feature is meant to help our readers connect the dots, both at the school level and at …

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Who's who and new at school


Each summer there is some movement within and out of the Cranston Public Schools. This yearly Cranston Herald feature is meant to help our readers connect the dots, both at the school level and at the central administration level as the new school year begins.

To date, at the school level, new principals have been appointed at three of the elementary schools: Hope Highlands, Orchard Farms and Daniel D. Waterman. A substitute principal will be filling in at Oaklawn Elementary School until a new principal is appointed there. An assistant principal position, filled by Keith Croft, has been added at Gladstone Street School.

At the central administration level, the players remain the same, with a vacancy in the executive director of pupil personnel services.

Below is a list of all of the central administrators and the school principals for each individual school.

Central Administration

Superintendent of Schools: Judith Lundsten; Assistant Superintendent of Schools: Jeannine Nota-Masse; Chief Financial Officer: Joe Balducci; Chief Operating Officer: Raymond Votto; Executive Director of Educational Programs and Services: Joseph Rotz; Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services: vacant; Director of Literacy: Deborah Mellion; Special Education Administrator: Arlene Garrison; Director of Early Childhood: Michele Simpson; Special Education Administrator: Sandy Matoian-Heard; Special Education Administrator: Suzanne Rathbun; Plant Operations and Transportation: Joel Zisserson; Executive Director of SIS/Data Management: James Dillon; Director of Technology: Donna-Marie Frappier; Energy Manager: Karen Verrengia.

School Administration

Elementary Schools

Arlington: Michelle David; Chester Barrows: Roxanne Murphy; Dutemple: Beth Basile; Eden Park: Courtney Sevigny; Edgewood Highland: Marlene Gamba; Garden City: Tonianne Napolitano; Gladstone: Susan Buonanno; Glen Hills: Jay DeCristofaro; Hope Highlands: Joe Cappuccilli; Oak Lawn: substitute; Peters: Patricia Caporelli; Edward S. Rhodes: Jim Zanfini; Stadium: Cheri Sacco; Stone Hill: Norma Cole; Daniel D. Waterman: Paul DePalma; Woodridge: Charlotte Josephs

Middle Schools

Hugh B. Bain: Jenny Chan-Remka; Park View: Michael Crudale; Western Hills: Anthony Corrente

High Schools

Cranston High School East: Sean Kelly; Cranston High School West: Tom Barbieri; Cranston Area Career and Technical Center: Gerry Auth; NEL/CPS Construction and Career Academy: Dennis Curran


1 Who's New:

SIGNS OF EXCITEMENT: Principal Paul DePalma is excited to begin the new school year at Daniel D. Waterman Elementary School. He is a familiar face in the Cranston schools, having served as an assistant principal at Cranston High School West for the past 10 years, and served at Park View Middle School for three years prior to that. He gained his teaching experience in Providence Public Schools, where he taught for five years at the high school. DePalma said he is most excited about "educating our students but nurturing them along the way. They will learn a lot and they'll learn about things besides academics, but they'll be cared for while they're doing it." (Herald photos by Jen Cowart)

2 Who's New:

PROUD TO BE A HUSKY: Principal Joe Cappuccilli is a Cranston resident himself, with two young children in the school system, and he is excited to be a new administrator in the district. Cappuccilli hails from the Providence School Department, where he served as an assistant principal at Veazie Street School for the past five years. "I am really looking forward to making relationships with the parents and the school community. I'm also looking forward to creating a positive working relationship with the staff and creating bonds with them," said Cappuccilli.

3 Who's New:

LOOKING FORWARD TO A CHALLENGE: Principal Kim Magnelli is looking forward to the challenge of working with both the students and the faculty at Orchard Farms Elementary School. She will be wrapping up her post at Cranston High School West as assistant principal over the next few weeks, while teaming up with retired principal Richard Lepore at Orchard Farms until the transition is complete. "I'll be letting go of the reigns at West and moving over to Orchard Farms full-time, but until then I know that Orchard Farms is in good hands," said Magnelli. Lepore was the principal who originally opened Orchard Farms Elementary School.


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