Katherine Patenaude, Chair of the Coventry school committee, was elected RIASC's new president at the annual business meeting on May 5.

Kathy is former Howard Kay Award recipient and has been a school committee member for 10 years and a past president of the Rhode Island PTA.  She is a Leadership Academy graduate and a Master's Academy graduate, who has accummulated over 100 hours of RIASC professional development.

Kathy looks forward to working with the Executive Board and the membership.


RIASC Professional Development Session

On January 14, RIASC held a professional development session on the Massachusetts Governance Model and RIDE’s Teacher Induction Program. 

Over 20 districts were represented as members start the new year accumulating professional development hours.

Glenn Koocher, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees gave a lively overview of the history and structure of the Massachusetts education system.

Pia Durkin, Attleboro Superintendent and past Superintendent of the Narragansett School Department, presented on Massachusetts site based management and the communication and decision making process in her district.

These presentations were followed by a discussion of the new Teacher Induction program sponsored by RIDE.  Lisa Foehr and teacher mentors provided an introduction and overview of the new teacher mentoring program

Thanks to all our presenters and members who took time away from the weekend to participate in RIASC’s professional development program.


Over 20 school districts were represented at our December professional development session.  It is commendable to see so many dedicated RIASC members attend a Saturday session during such a busy time of year. 

Thanks to Nicholas Long and Deputy Commissioner David Abbott for their presentations.

RIASC members received 3 hours of professional development credit for attending this session.


On Saturday, October 22 from 9:00 AM to Noon members heard presentations on:

· RIDE’s proposed regulations for Career & Technical Education

· Post retirement employment of Teachers and Administrators, including Race to the Top

· Portsmouth’s litigation on Teacher Assignment and Seniority

Members also received a pension reform update and a brief financial outlook for the State from Tim Duffy.  We extend our thanks to the presenters:  Andrea Castaneda of RIDE; Gail Mambro-Martin, Esq. from the Employee’s Retirement System of Rhode Island, and Stephen Robinson, Esq.  Attendees received three hours toward their mandatory professional development requirement and RIASC’s Leadership Development Academy.


2011 Leadership Development Academy Graduates

The 2011 Leadership Development Academy graduates received recognition from the Rhode Island Board of Regents at our Annual Meeting in April.  Jean Harnois, President of RIASC, presented the graduates with their certificates.

The graduates are:  Michael Araujo, Kate Brody, Mario Celico, Kristine Donabedian, D. Jay Goodman, Judi Liner, Patrick Maliney, Eugene Nadeau, Christopher Ramsden, Robert Shea, Debra Stockwell-Cavanaugh, and James Sullivan.

Other 2011 gradutes include:  Melvoid Benson, Kathleen Crain, Stephen Furtado, Scott Fuller, Thomas Hetherman, Patrick Kelley, Elizabeth Morris, William Mudge, Brendan Oates, Claudine Pande, Nina Pande, Lianne Russell, and Thomas Vadney.

Visit our professional development page on this website and download our brochure to learn more about the Leadership Development Academy.


2011 Howard Kay Award

Michael Crowley, Immediate Past President of RIASC and Middletown School Committee Chair, was this year's recipient of the Howard Kay Award.  The Howard Kay Award is given annually to one outstanding school committee member.

Nomination forms are mailed annually to all school committee members and the Award is given out at our Annual Meeting.  Jean Harnois, President of RIASC, presented the Award to Mike. 

Congratulations Mike!

2010 Howard Kay Award Winner

Congratulations to Kathy Patenaude, Chair of the Coventry School Committee for receiving RIASC's Howard Kay Award.

Leadership Development Academy Graduates

The Rhode Island Association of School Committees recognized the graduates of their Leadership Development Academy at the 2007 Annual Meeting. James DiPrete of the Rhode Island Board of Regents presented the graduates with a special recognition certificate from the Regents. The graduates are: Patricia Archambault, Scituate; Allen Auclair, Woonsocket; Sally Black, Tiverton; Michael Crowley, Middletown; Robert Faria, East Providence; Liana Ferreira Fenton, Middletown; Anita McGuire-Forcier, Woonsocket; Jo Eva Gaines, Newport; Deborah Greifer, Cranston; June Guglielmi, Smithfield; Patrick Guida, Barrington; Jean Harnois, Smithfield; Jim Hassenfus, Barrington; Kelly Hunter, Foster/Glocester; Cathy Kaiser, Jamestown; Eileen Lovett, East Providence; Mary McClure, Providence; Sean McGarry, New Shoreham; Scott Mueller, South Kingstown; Lauraine Ouellette, Smithfield; Katherine Patenaude, Coventry; Mary Ann Roll, Lincoln; John Saviano, Bristol/Warren; Raymond Spear, Coventry; Louis Sposato, Westerly; Nancy Sprengelmeyer, Coventry; Margaret Stewart, Westerly; Alan Tenreiro, Pawtucket; Deborah Thurston, Barrington; Karlene Murray Toppin, Coventry; Marylou Umbriano, Coventry; Julie Zito, Lincoln.
Over 20 Districts Represented at RIASC's 2007 Legislative Workshop

RIASC members learned the latest on Rhode Island's Legislative front on Saturday, March 24. Tim Duffy reviewed the education legislation proposed by the Governor and RIASC and the Governor's education budget. Gary Sasse of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council was also on hand to brief members on the latest education funding plans. RIASC members who attended received two hours of professional development time through RIASC's Leadership Development Academy and received a cd- rom of the 2007 education legislation.
RIASC New Member Training

New school committee members recently met at the Crowne Plaza to attend RIASC's New Member Training. Seasoned school committee members and superintendents also attended to learn the latest revisions to the Ethics and Open Meetings Laws. Parliamentary Procedure, School Finance, and Roles and Responsibilities were also topics addressed throughout the day. School Committee members who attended the New Member Training received five hours of professional development credit towards RIASC's Leadership Development Academy. Members completing 15 hours receive formal recognition by the Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education.
2007 New Member Training

School committee members review the NSBA's newly released version of Becoming a Better Board Member during the New Member Training session on Roles and Responsibilities.