Three administrators join Cumberland schools

Three administrators join Cumberland schools

CUMBERLAND - Three new administrators were confirmed by the School Committee Tuesday in a special meeting.

* Christopher Tashijian is the new full-time athletic director. He was most recently the athletic director at Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, where he directed a staff of 40 coaches but was laid off a year ago when his position was phased out because of low school enrollment.

Tashijian is coming into a full-time position at the recommendation of the former AD, Frank Geiselman, who was part-time. His salary will be $74,232, which will require a budget line item adjustment.

Tashijian was with Rocky Hill School from 2005 to 2013, and before that directed the upper school athletics for Moses Brown School in Providence.

He's had 15 years of experience as a basketball official. He holds a master of eduction degree from George Mason University in Virginia and a bachelor's degree from Salem State College.

* Elizabeth Coogan is the new principal of the J.J. McLaughlin Cumberland Hill Elementary School. She's been working in the Fall River, Mass., school district since graduating from Rhode Island College in 2002, and most recently was a middle school principal.

In her application, she describes the school she is leaving, Talbot Middle School, as having a 24 percent special education population with 725 students.

She also served as the Belisle Elementary School principal, and was an assistant principal and guidance counselor at the Kuss Middle School.

She will be paid $103,154.

* Debra Malcolm is the new full-time assistant principal of Community School. A speech pathologist in the Cumberland system since 1996, she just earned a school leadership degree in a one-year Johnson & Wales University program. Her master's degree is in speech language pathology from Northeastern University.

She'll be paid $90,929.

All three were given one-year contracts, as is the School Department's practice with new employees.