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Friday, December 1, 2006

New schools chief picked in Plainville


The Plainville School Committee chose a sitting Rhode Island superintendent over a local principal to lead Plainville’s schools last night.

The School Committee appointed David Raiche, superintendent of the West Warwick, R.I. school system, as Plainville’s next superintendent, contingent on successful contract negotiations.

Clinton Crocker, the school board chairman, said that Raiche’s experience leading a larger school district with six schools gave Raiche the edge over Anne Houle, the principal of the Anna Ware Jackson Elementary School in Plainville.

Crocker said that Raiche impressed the School Committee in his interview.

“I thought he was more of a go-getter,” Crocker said.

Raiche will stay on at West Warwick for several months, helping the district through its budget process. Crocker said he hopes Raiche will start working in Plainville sometime in March. Until then, retired Superintendent Michael Malone will continue in his interim capacity.

The superintendent job was advertised with a salary of $115,000 to $125,000.

-- Calvin Hennick

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