Smith accepts superintendent role in Conn.

Smith accepts superintendent role in Conn.

NORTH PROVIDENCE – School Supt. Melinda Smith, who served North Providence since 2012, is taking on a new venture in Thompson, Conn., where she’ll lead the district as head of schools.

Last week, Smith was chosen from a pool of candidates from across the country to lead the Thompson district, which has three schools on the same campus and about 1,000 students, compared to North Providence’s nine schools and 3,456 students.

In February, Smith, a Burrillville resident, announced she was leaving North Providence, giving the School Committee a 10-month notice to find a replacement. Last week, Bridget Morisseau, current assistant superintendent in Smithfield, was appointed to the North Providence role. (See story on Page 1.)

“She’s a fine educator, and I think the community will love working with her,” Smith said of Morisseau, who she has known as a colleague for years.

In Thompson, Smith will take over for Michael Jolin, who will retire June 30. Smith’s first day serving the Connecticut district is July 1, the same day Morisseau begins in North Providence.

Smith said she’ll miss her colleagues, but hopes to see programs introduced during her tenure continue to strengthen and expand after her departure.

During her first few days in Thompson, Smith said, she’ll listen to community members’ goals for the district, which has one elementary school, a middle school and high school at the same site.

Given the smaller population in Thompson, Smith said, she’ll have more time to spend going into the schools.

“I’m so excited to be going there,” she said.

William Witkowski, Thompson’s education board chairman, said of Smith, “She has a clear vision, experience, and enthusiasm, and she has demonstrated a commitment to being both an instructional leader and someone who is committed to community engagement.”

Smith said not only will the new North Providence superintendent be responsible for curriculum and programming, but also the construction of two new elementary schools, moving students from temporary locations into the new buildings once they’re completed and the repairs to the remaining schools in town.

“I hope everyone supports our new superintendent, because she’s got a lot of work to do,” Smith said.


Words will never be able to say it properly, but the NP School District is like night and day from when you took over. Thanks so much for all you did.
Thompson, CT wins with a great leader.
Best to you and your family.