DiPrete hired as Woonsocket's interim superintendent

DiPrete hired as Woonsocket's interim superintendent

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Budget Commission has hired James A. DiPrete to serve as interim superintendent of the city's education department.

DiPrete, who was confirmed for the position by unanimous vote at a meeting on Wednesday, June 18, replaces Supt. Giovanna Donoyan, who left the department earlier this month after the commission voted not to renew her contract.

DiPrete previously served as chairman of the state Board of Regents, and has done stints as an interim head of schools in North Providence, West Warwick, and Exeter/West Greenwich.

The interim director will receive $750 a day for up to 70 days while Donoyan's permanent replacement is sought. The former superintendent also remains on the city payroll, and will receive the remaining portion of her $150,000 a year salary until her contract runs out in August.

A press release sent out earlier in the week by commission attorney Edmond Alves stated that Patrick McGee, who has served as the district's director of curriculum since 2012, would be serving as interim superintendent. No information has been released regarding the change in direction.


Getting paid for doing nothing. Sounds like Welfare. No wonder why Woonsocket is broke.

Why is the Budget Commission making personnel decisions, where is the school committee and the mayor? I thought that they were limited to :budget" decisions?

So now we are going to pay someone to do her job and still pay her. I thought we were broke. What a joke. Things will never change in Woonsocket.