At the same time, a former Providence public school principal was caught working in a Washington, DC, school
PROVIDENCE A former Providence school principal was caught working in two different schools at one time, clocking in to his job in Providence in person before logging in virtually to a Washington, D.C., school.
Michael Redmond, who was named new principal in July 2020, admitted to working virtually as the assistant principal at the Stephen E. Kramer Middle School in Washington, D.C., for 17 weeks after he began working full time for Providence Public Schools.
Redmond admitted to working on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. at Providence Public Schools while also working weekdays from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. for D.C. Public Schools, according to a violation notice issued by the District of Columbia's Board of Ethics and Government Accountability last month.
Redmond, who departed from D.C. Public Schools on Nov. 30, 2020, earned roughly $41,000 in District government salaries during those 17 weeks, an annual salary of $125,434, on top of the $120,720 annual salary he was drawing as the principal of E-Cubed Academy.
Each of the four new Providence principals is being paid one-year contracts. I'm looking for one-year contracts with David Conrady ($125,110)JSEC - Robert Rametti ($120,630)E-Cubed - Michael Redmond ($120,720)Nathanael Greene - Roy Sermons ($117,795).
DCPS was informed to this concern in the fall of 2020, and we immediately began an investigation and reported the allegation to D.C.s Board of Ethics and Government Accountability for inquiry, Enrique Gutierrez, a spokesman for the D.C. public schools district, said in the letter.
According to the notice, Redmond violated four counts of the District of Columbia's Code of Conduct, including receiving compensation for [outside] teaching activities during normal working hours, without using annual leave, compensatory leave, exempt time off, or leave without pay.
Redmond was selected as E-Cubed Academy's new principal when he was hired in Providence in July 2020, saying that he came to Providence from Washington, D.C. where he was a school leader and turnaround specialist. He was applauded for increasing in-person attendance, reducing suspensions and truancy, and helping Kramer Middle School outperform its district in sixth grade math.
Redmond resigned from E-Cubed Academy on April 5, according to Victor Morente, a spokesperson for the Rhode Island education department, but it's unclear whether his resignation was linked to this issue.
Morente told the Globe Monday night that the district was alerted about the situation of Redmond working at both schools in November 2020.
It's unclear if Providence schools will file an ethics violation against Redmond, according to Morente. The hire was done at the Superintendent [Harrison Peters] last year.
In July, E-Cubed Academy said that it will host a meeting-and-greet for the school's new director, Dr. Matthew Juda.
Tomorrow, July 22nd, from 11am-1pm ET 5-7pm, we'll have a meeting and greet with the new E-Cubed Principal Dr. Matthew Juda at E-Cubed Academy.
Redmond will have to appear at a hearing in Washington, DC, (the date has not yet been determined), after which the board in D.C. will be expected to make a decision on any actions they intend to take.
This epidemic is the latest in the staff woes that Providence schools have faced in recent years.
Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green requested former Providence Superintendent Harrison Peters for hiring Olayinka Alege, a Providence school administrator who was accused of massaging a teenage boy's foot at a Warwick gym in April, in May.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University released a gossip that outlined in 2019, including organised fights between female students promoted on social media, rodent traps that were stuck to students shoes, and collapsing ceilings in classrooms.
According to the report, only 14 percent of students in grades three through eight were considered proficient in English language arts on the 2018 Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System, or RICAS, exam, and just 10 percent were doing math at grade level.
Infante-Green told the report that the state take control of the school system, removing oversight from the mayor, City Council, and school board.
This report was contributed by Carlos Muoz of the Globe staff.
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