Providence School Board announces plans for new Interim Superintendent

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PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – The Providence School board announced Tuesday its pick for interim superintendent of the Providence Public School District.

Frances Gallo will be endorsed by the Providence School board as its new interim superintendent.

Gallo served as the superintendent of the Central Falls School District from 2007 until her retirement in 2015.

“Fran Gallo has a long and impressive record of leadership both in Providence schools and throughout Rhode Island, and is known for her ability to make tough decisions,” School Board President Nick Hemond said.  “She has experience at every level, from classroom teaching to administration, and in particular, has many years of experience in the Providence Public School District, and understands the needs of our students, teachers, staff, and facilities.”

In the next few weeks, the school board will take a formal vote on entering contract negotiations with the new district leader, according to Hemond. 

Gallo has earned many honors in her more than 40-year career in Rhode Island education.

Gallo has been awarded The New England Secondary School Consortium’s RI State Champion Award, Progreso Latino’s Community Champion Award and the RI Commission on Women’s Woman of the Year Award.

“I am excited that Dr. Frances Gallo will be considered as interim superintendent for our Providence public schools,” Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said. “Dr. Gallo’s decades of experience, spanning service as a teacher to the highest levels of district administration, make her an incredibly qualified candidate. We have a lot of work do to provide our students’ the high-quality education they deserve and Dr. Gallo’s leadership will be critical moving forward.”

Gallo is anticipated to assume the interim superintendent role before September.

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