No vote this week on permanent school chief

No vote this week on permanent school chief

PAWTUCKET – The matter of whether to make interim Supt. Cheryl McWilliams the permanent head of city schools was not on the agenda for a school board meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 11, despite School Committee Chairman Jay Charbonneau previously saying he expected a vote at that meeting.

Charbonneau is now indicating that there’s no rush to get anything done with McWilliams.

“The interim contract is good until June 30,” he told The Breeze.

Charbonneau said in late December that he expected a vote at the Feb. 11 meeting. There has yet to be a hint of discontent expressed publicly about the job McWilliams, a lifelong Pawtucket resident, has done in her first year as head of schools.

Reached on Monday, McWilliams said again that she is “definitely interested in the permanent position.”

The former assistant superintendent under Supt. Patti DiCenso was put in place last year to be a stabilizing force following the retirement of DiCenso.

School officials have expressed reluctance to run a full nationwide search for a new superintendent, and without even a search committee in place four months prior to the end of the school year, it would certainly appear that McWilliams remains the frontrunner to keep the job.

Education officials have acknowledged past mistakes with bringing in superintendents from elsewhere who weren’t familiar with local culture.