Paul DiModica

Q1: Contact Information
  • Name Paul DiModica
  • District Cumberland
  • City/Town Cumberland
  • State/Province RI
  • ZIP/Postal Code 02864
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number 401-334-5047
Q2: Were you elected or appointed to your position?
  • Elected
Q3: When were you first elected/appointed to the School Committee? When does your term expire?
  • First Elected 11/06/2012
  • Current Term Expiration 11/06/2016
Q4: Do you expect to run for re-election when your current term expires?
  • Yes
PAGE 3: Current Issues Facing RI Students
Q5: Think for a moment about your district. What makes your district great? What makes you most proud?

The district contains low, moderate and high income families which allows the diversity in the school district. Parents come together with teachers and administrators to work together so all children are equal learners.

Q6: What are the most important challenges you see in your district as we enter in to the 2015/2016 school year?

Finding the money to hire more interventionist for math and reading. Children in my district are behind and need additional services. We need to continue to challenge the status quo and work harder.

PAGE 4: Requiring PARCC Testing
Q7: Does your district have a policy that requires students to participate in state wide testing (like PARCC)?
  • Yes, and I voted to support the policy that requires it. (skip to question 9)
Q8: While there is not a state mandate to require students to participate in state assessments like PARCC, some districts have passed local policies that would require participation in the state assessments.  If your district were to propose a policy to require participation in state assessments, would you vote in favor of that policy?
Respondent skipped this question
Q9: If you have other comments on PARCC or other testing policies, please share them here.

PARCC or any other high stakes test should not be the determining factor if a child graduates or is promoted. There is enough testing in my district for teachers and administrators to see if a child is learning. Graduation and promotion should be left to the teachers who know the child best.

PAGE 5: Final Thoughts
Q10: Thank you for participating in our first School Committee Survey.  If you have any thing you would like to know, you can share those comments here or email us at

State Law requires all school committee members do 6 hours of professional development a year. That law needs some teeth. School Districts could save more money if we could use mini vans instead of buses in some instances. That money must go back in the classroom. A statewide teachers contract would be welcome in my eyes.

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