Filippelli picked to lead Lincoln schools

Filippelli picked to lead Lincoln schools

LINCOLN – Veteran educator Lawrence Filippelli was named superintendent of the Lincoln School District at a meeting Monday.

The School Committee voted unanimously in favor of appointing Filippelli, who currently serves as superintendent in Scituate. He will take over for Supt. Georgia Fortunato when she retires in June.

Addressing attendees at Monday’s School Committee meeting, Filippelli said he comes from a long line of educators, including both parents and all but one of his siblings.

“It is in my blood,” he said. “I truly see it as an honor to be here and to take over as the next superintendent. I really look for a fit. … I truly believe that my leadership style will be a good fit for the district, so I can’t thank you enough.”

Filippelli has worked in Scituate schools in various capacities since 1999 when he became a history/social studies teacher at Scituate Middle School and Scituate High School. He served as assistant principal from 2002 to 2004, and principal of the middle school from 2004 to 2009, when he was named assistant superintendent. He was named superintendent of Scituate Public Schools in March 2016.

Filippelli called Lincoln a “destination district,” citing the district’s reputation for quality. He also noted the importance of a community supportive of education, indicated by voters’ approval of the high school bond.

According to School Committee Chairwoman Kristine Donabedian, a total of 10 people applied to the superintendent position. A negotiation subcommittee interviewed seven of the 10 applicants over two Saturdays, narrowing their scope to two candidates to recommend to the full committee for interviews.

Donabedian said Filippelli was the first person to apply to the job posting.

School Committee Vice Chairman Joseph Goho said Filippelli is “one of the most respected administrators in the State of Rhode Island, coming from a high achieving and fiscally conservative district.”

“We are extremely ecstatic about Dr. Filippelli being appointed tonight. We’ve reeled in a big fish in Lincoln and are very fortunate to be bringing in a candidate who matches the community profile exactly,” said Goho.

At the March 12 School Committee meeting, members of the committee said they hoped for an innovative and accessible candidate with demonstrated central office experience.

Joseph Erardi, who served as an independent facilitator of Lincoln’s superintendent search, said Lincoln’s approach to the process “built a very solid applicant pool.”


All that money spent for Fortunato 2.0. Scituate is probably relieved though.

See this recent VB article:
And then decide if a good decision was made.