2013 Annual Meeting
Over 70 members enjoyed a beautiful day at Save the Bay conference center at RIASC's 2013 Annual Meeting. Attendees engaged in panel discussions with Mayors, school committee chairs, and town council members, and mapping exercises, with topics including the municipal role in public education, cage busting leadership, and Vanguard schools' legislation.
A highlight of the day was the presentation of the Howard Kay award to Sally Black, Chair of the Tiverton School Committee. Jan Bergandy presented the award to Sally, alongside her family. The Kay Award was also given to Nancy Sprengelmeyer, posthumously. Nancy's niece accepted the award for her, along with her longtime friend and colleague Kathy Patenaude. The Howard Kay award is given annually to an outstanding school committee member.
RIASC 2013 Leadership Academy graduates were also recognized and presented certificates from the Rhode Island Board of Education.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE 101
RIASC's School Committee 101 was attended by nearly 100 school committee members and superintendents. Attendees met the state's experts on Rhode Islands Ethics and Open meeting laws and heard from the Rhode Island Auditor General on fiscal responsibilities. New members brought their tablets and laptops for a session on teacher contract negotiations and to get a preview of RIASC's teacher contract website.
A highlight of the day was when Commissioner Gist and her staff presented on the BEP, PARCC, graduation requirements, and other RIDE initiatives that will impact the policies school committee members will set for their school districts.
School Committee 101 offered RIASC’s new members a deeper understanding of the aspects of being a school committee member and will help them begin their term better prepared to face the challenges and duties that await them.
RIASC welcomes its new members and hopes all will take advantage of our professional development opportunties.
RIASC ANNUAL MEETING 2012
The RIASC Annual Meeting attendees represented over 20 districts as they met at Save the Bay on May 5. The presentations were informative and many RIASC members were recognized for their achievements.
This year's Howard Kay Award recipient was John Saviano of the Bristol/Warren School Committee. The Award was given posthumously to Debra Stockwell and Raymond Trinque accepted the award, which will be presented to her son.
The Leadership Academy graduates Sarah Baines, Bethany Furtado, Deidre Gifford, Frank Hyde and Kimberly Page received their Rhode Island Board of Regents' certificates in recognition of their commitment to ongoing professional development.
Master's Academy graduates also received certificates that day in recognition of their participation in 50 to 100 hours of professional development. The members of the Master's Academy are: Sally Black, Kate Brody, Maureen Cotter, Michael Crowley, Liana Fenton, Sandra Flowers, Jo Eva Gaines, Patrick Guida, Jean Harnois, Cathy Kaiser, Scott Mueller, Diane Nobles, Katherine Patenaude, Mary Anne Roll, John Saviano, and Nancy Sprengelmeyer.
The day ended with the election of RIASC's new president, Katherine Patenaude.