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Donnie Evans to yield superintendent's position

Who knows the exact reason why Donnie Evans has decided not to seek another term as school superintendent in Providence. The bottom line is that Providence students are the big losers of this continued turnover in the top position.

When Evans came in, he was supposed to represent an end to the revolving doors represented by his predecessors, Diana Lam and Melody Johnson. Perhaps, as some city councilors believe, he was not the best person to run the school system. Yet he reportedly faced a hostile reception from a number of councilors even before his MIA performance during the December 13 snow debacle.

Dan Barbarisi and Linda Borg report on the story today:

Evans offered little insight into the reasons for his departure, saying in his resignation letter that he was leaving for “personal and professional reasons to pursue other opportunities.”

“My decision to leave was not made lightly. I want you, as well as every employee, student, and family in this district to know that my experience in Providence has been both rewarding and challenging,” Evans wrote to the School Board. He did not return calls seeking comment last night.

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