Bristol-Warren superintendent resigns

By: Amanda Pitts

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BRISTOL/WARREN R.I. (WLNE) – The superintendent of the Bristol Warren Regional School District has resigned amid concerns about safety at schools in the district.

Dr. Mario Andrade announced his resignation at Monday night’s school committee meeting. He’s held the position since 2014, and before that had been assistant superintendent in the district since 2009.

Andrade’s resignation comes several months after behavioral issues and safety concerns prompted a number of teachers at Kickemuit Middle School to stage a “sick out”.

The School Department voted in February to keep a Resource Officer and a behavioral specialist at the school five days a week.

School Committee Chairperson Erin Schofield said partly in a statement Tuesday, “This presents an excellent opportunity for us to bring in an inspiring new leader who can take this district to the next level, and we’re looking forward to the process.”

The district is working to appoint an interim superintendent by July 15 while they search for a permanent replacement.

In the meantime, Assistant Superintendent Diane Sanna will serve as acting superintendent.

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