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Nick Hemond is stepping down as president of the Providence School Board

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Leading off

Providence School Board President Nicholas Hemond plans to step down from his leadership post on Wednesday, ending a five-and-a-half year run leading the panel that included transitioning the school district from mayoral to state control.

Hemond, who was appointed by then-mayor Angel Taveras 10 years ago, said he plans to remain a member of the board to help support the next president.

Kinzel Thomas is the favorite to succeed Hemond as president.

The nine-member school board is still appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council, but it now holds a largely advisory role to the school department, which is run by state Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green.

Behind the scenes, Hemond has been considered a valuable resource during the takeover because he often serves as a go-between for Infante-Green and the Providence Teachers Union, which rarely see eye to eye on any issues. Hemond is also a lawyer and State House lobbyist, so he’s been able to advocate for the school department to members of the General Assembly.


Hemond helped stabilize the school board after the 2016 resignation of former president Keith Oliveira, who publicly accused Mayor Jorge Elorza of not providing enough city funding for the school department. But the state takeover has overshadowed the board, in part because Infante-Green isn’t required to seek its approval for most decisions.

The state recently struck a deal with the Providence Teachers Union on a three-year contract, ending a year-long dispute that involved teachers working under an expired agreement. The school board hasn’t been involved in union contract negotiations since 2011, when state lawmakers stripped the board of its authority to approve those deals.

Hemond’s departure as president comes two months after Vice President Nina Pande stepped away from the board after 11 years.

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⚓ The Policy Lab at Brown University is holding a virtual event at noon with professor Emily Oster about her new book, “The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years.”

⚓ On the agenda for this morning’s Rhode Island Ethics Commission meeting is a request for an advisory opinion from former state representative Stephen Ucci regarding whether he can accept an appointment to the redistricting committee even though it has been less than one year since he left the legislature.

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