School Committee sends vote of confidence to its leaders

School Committee sends vote of confidence to its leaders

PAWTUCKET – Members of the Pawtucket School Committee last week unanimously voted to keep Chairman Jay Charbonneau and Vice Chairwoman Erin Dube as their leaders.

At a time when Pawtucket school leaders are making many strides on educational initiatives and new facilities, Charbonneau and Dube continue to steer the ship well while leading by example, said committee members.

Both play key roles in significant areas: Charbonneau on upgrades to school facilities and Dube on revamping school policies, among others.

“I am grateful to the committee for their continued faith in me. Serving the children and taxpayers of this city is one of the great privileges of my life,” Charbonneau told The Breeze. “I have said it from day one: Great schools make great cities, not the other way around.”

Pawtucket school officials “are providing for every child in every school,” he added.

“Our district has become a source of pride for our city, from Potter-Burns to Nathanael Greene (renovations) to the roughly $60 million in school renovations Pawtucket is leading the way and people across the state are taking notice. …”

With Supt. Patti DiCenso leading, the future for the district is “brighter than ever before,” he said.

Dube said she, too, was honored to have the committee continue to put its trust in her by re-electing her for a second year.

“We have a strong committee because everyone brings unique strengths to the table,” she said. “I look forward to continuing to work alongside Mr. Charbonneau and the rest of our committee as we ensure excellent educational opportunities for all the students in Pawtucket.”