Supt. Mitchell headed for 1-year contract extension

Supt. Mitchell headed for 1-year contract extension

CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland School Committee’s fiscal management subcommittee has voted to extend Supt. Robert Mitchell’s contract through the end of the 2018-2019 academic year.

The one-year extension would bring the contract to an end in June 2019, when the committee will again vote on whether to extend or not renew the contract for one or two additional years.

The details of the contract are still being worked out by the School Committee, which will vote as a whole at its meeting tonight, Thursday, April 12, pending the superintendent deciding to accept or request amendments to the draft.

Finance Chairman Paul DiModica said the board voted for a one-year contract to match the superintendent’s original agreement. He said he is personally satisfied with Mitchell’s performance, noting improvement in the district’s test scores and overall rankings.

School Committee Chairman Raymond Salvatore did not comment on the reason for the one-year extension, as opposed to a longer-term deal. He said the renewal would keep Mitchell “in line with the rest of the administrators” in the district whose conteacts are up for renewal.

Mitchell was appointed superintendent in 2015 after having served as assistant superintendent for four years. He replaced Supt. Phil Thornton, who resigned to accept the position as superintendent of Warwick Public Schools. Mitchell previously served as principal of Chariho High School for 12 years.