Dr. Javier Montañez to serve as permanent superintendent of Providence schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Gov. Dan McKee and the Rhode Island Department of Education on Tuesday named Dr. Javier Montañez as the permanent superintendent of Providence Public Schools.

Montañez he’s been the acting superintendent of the district since Aug. 20.

“I fully support keeping Dr. Montañez in place as the head of the Providence Public School Department,” said McKee. “Like any other community, Providence needs leadership that understands its unique strengths and challenges. Having been a parent, grandparent, student, and educator in Providence schools, Javier knows exactly what our schools need and will work tirelessly to continue to move them forward.”

Montañez will be the superintendent through the 2023-2024 school year.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue working with the incredible students, families, and educators of the Providence Public School Department,” he said in part in a release Tuesday. “I remain committed to finishing that work and building a world-class education system for every student in Providence.”

Montañez has more than 25 years of experience in Providence schools, serving formerly as a teacher and assistant principal.


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