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Providence schools chief to resign at end of school year

Providence Superintendent of Schools Susan Lusi announced Friday that she will resign at the end of the current school year, saying she will pursue "other professional opportunities."

Lusi, who had led city schools for the past four years, did not elaborate on the reasons for her resignation.

Mayor Jorge Elorza said in a statement that he and the city school board will immediately begin a search for Lusi's replacement.

City officials said that during Lusi's tenure as superintendent, graduation rates have increased from 65 percent to 71 percent, dropout rates have declined from 21 percent to 14 percent and reading scores have improved in grades 4 and 11.

Lusi previously was superintendent of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, schools and assistant commissioner of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

 

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