Smithfield schools tap longtime Lincoln building and grounds director

Smithfield schools tap longtime Lincoln building and grounds director

SMITHFIELD - Now it's Lincoln's turn to find a new building and grounds director.

The Smithfield School Committee at this week's meeting voted unanimously to hire Angelo Mencucci, director of buildings, grounds and transportation for Lincoln schools, to be director of buildings and grounds for Smithfield schools.

He replaces John Obiurka who went to the Foster-Glocester Regional School District last month to take on virtually the same job there.

Mencucci's hiring makes the situation akin to a game of musical chairs, as building and grounds directors in northern Rhode Island schools are simply exchanging places, going from Smithfield to Ponaganset and now from Lincoln to Smithfield.

Mencucci will earn an annual salary of approximately $83,000, according to Smithfield Supt. Robert M. O'Brien, and was chosen from 39 applicants from six states. He has 19 years of experience in "all aspects of school facilities," O'Brien said, and holds certification or licenses for such jobs as boiler operator, electrician and pipefitter.

"The references I checked told me he is extremely organized, an excellent problem-solver, and has the vision necessary to develop long-term plans for the maintenance of buildings, future program development, and most importantly, the safety and security of buildings, grounds and transportation," O'Brien told the committee.

"He understands that his role is to ensure the safety of all students, parents, faculty and staff."

O'Brien said Mencucci will be offered a contract dating from the present time to the end of June 2015.

This is an apparent compromise from O'Brien's call at the last meeting for a three-year pact and the school board's inclination for a one-year contract so other long-term options can be studied to fill this position.

The Smithfield School Committee at its Oct. 21 meeting formally voted to research such options as sharing the job with other school districts or with the town of Smithfield, or outsourcing the work to a private company.

A screening committee of 11 people reviewed the 39 applications for the job, O'Brien said, and chose five applicants for interviews. Four were interviewed: three candidates from Rhode Island, including the only Smithfield resident who applied, and one from Connecticut. Two applicants were called back for a second round of interviews, O'Brien said.

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I thought I would also post on this page to congratulate Angelo, he will undoubtedly be a great asset to Smithfield.
Makes you question the amount of turnover at the Lincoln School Department.

I heard a little more about what going on in Lincoln. Hard to believe that town officials would allow this to continue. Sounds like you have a real bully on your hands.