Former North Providence grounds director hired to work for Lincoln schools

Former North Providence grounds director hired to work for Lincoln schools

LINCOLN - Even after school officials received a phone call from North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi cautioning against it, the Lincoln School Committee has hired Armand Milazzo as its director of non-instructional operations.

Milazzo was previously employed in the same position for the North Providence School Department before a consolidation of the town and school maintenance departments eliminated his job this spring, when he was awarded a $41,000 severance package.

He replaces longtime director Angelo Mencucci, who left Lincoln this fall to work for the Smithfield School Department.

Supt. Georgia Fortunato told The Breeze that she shared the information she discussed with Lombardi with the 12-person credential screening committee that included herself and members of the Budget Board and school and municipal officials.

Even after hearing it, she said, the committee unanimously believed that Milazzo was the best choice.

"Armand, by far, was a superior candidate," Fortunato said, with 14 years of expertise working in North Providence. "He had everything that Lincoln was looking for and more."

After being appointed by School Committee members last month, Milazzo started with a salary of $78,000 on Dec. 23, Fortunato said, in time to deal with a heating issue at Saylesville Elementary School on his very first day and the first snowstorm of 2014.

Fortunato said she and the committee are confident with the decision to hire Milazzo, who she said has already proven to be a natural compliment to the Lincoln leadership style.

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In the course of a little more than a year this school department has lost an assistant superintendent, building and grounds director, principals, and numerous teachers. Armand Milazzo will soon find out why.