5:00 PM

The School Committee may vote on all items listed on this agenda.
Call to Order
Roll Call

The School Committee may seek to convene in Closed Session for the purpose of discussing the job performance of a Teacher, in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws §42-46-5(a)(1) and to discuss the recommendation of the Superintendent not to renew the employment of certain probationary teachers and to discuss their job performance in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-5(a)(1).

Open Session:
1. Vote on Superintendent Recommendation to Suspend a Teacher for Cause
2. Vote on Superintendent’s recommendation not to renew certain probationary teachers.

For additional information or to request interpreter services, or other special services for the hearing impaired (ie, readers/captioners, etc), please contact Office of Superintendent three days prior to the meeting at (401) 767-4608; or by the Tuesday prior to the meeting, or call 1-800-745-5555 (TTY), 1-800-745-6575 (Voice). This agenda will be posted 48 hours prior to the meeting. Any changes to this agenda will be posted on the Woonsocket Education Department website at, McFee Administration Building, Woonsocket Middle School, WACTC, City Hall, and Harris Library and will be electronically filed with the Secretary of State at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. The Woonsocket Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, or disability. Posted on February 5, 2019.

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