‘This is dangerous’: North Kingstown interim superintendent resigns, storms out

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WLNE) — The North Kingstown School Committee accepted the resignation of interim Superintendent Dr. Judith Paolucci effective immediately Monday.

Paolucci announced her resignation last week, citing failed partnerships between her and the school committee during her roughly two-month stint.

Planning on resigning Feb. 1, the committee voted to end her tenure Monday night.

While Paolucci claims the committee didn’t budge from financial policies to help, the committee said this was an ongoing issue.

“It was Dr. Paolucci that did not want to follow the policies that currently stand,” said Robert Case, vice chairman of the committee. “I thought there were some transparency issues.”

Amidst the accusations, Paolucci stormed out during the meeting — supported by parents in the crowd.

She announced while leaving, “You know what? I’m going to make this easy for everyone. I cannot stay — this is dangerous for me to stay.”

Parents said their main concern was a continued lack of transparency and leadership in the district — affecting the education of their children. The complains stem from the past year of allegations against former basketball coach Aaron Thomas and naked fat tests on students.

Thomas has been charged with sexual assault and child molestation.

Parents like Holly voiced frustration after losing another district leader.

“We’re losing employees left and right, they’re running out the doors,” she explained. “These guys are not easy to make a deal with, and they’re not going to make a deal with… Good for her, this is a complete disgrace.”

Former interim superintendent Katherine Sipala will temporarily lead the district.

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