EWG Regional School District chooses RIC alum for new superintendent

The Exeter/ West Greenwich (EWG) Regional School Committee voted unanimously on June 26 to appoint James H. Erinakes II ’03 as the new superintendent to the regional school district.

James Erinakes
A nationwide search of 20 applicants was conducted for the new position with the assistance of the New England School Development Council of Marlborough, Mass., in order to find the perfect candidate.

“[Erinakes’] reputation as a highly organized leader, whose priority is improving student academic performance, placed him at the top of a very accomplished pool of finalists,” said EWG School Committee chair Teri Maia-Cicero in a recent press release from the school district.

Erinakes is the current assistant superintendent of the Coventry public school district, and holds a professional superintendent of schools certificate in R.I., and has master’s degrees in teaching mathematics, secondary school administration (which he attained from RIC) and special education.

“The program at RIC focused on the necessary skills, knowledge and practices for effective leadership,” said Erinakes. “I was encouraged to consider multiple perspectives in the context of an educational community when making important decisions - a valuable lesson that has served me well in my administrative career.”

Prior to becoming the assistant superintendent for Coventry, Erinakes was also the assistant principal at Knotty Oak Middle School, a math teacher, department chairman and assistant principal for the district.

One of his many accomplishments includes the development of the Coventry CASe Study, an assessment system for student achievement and teacher development that has been called a model program by the R.I. Department of Education.

Erinakes will replace Dr. Thomas J. Geismar on Wednesday, July 18, who is retiring after six years in the position.

The EWG school district encompasses about 1,800 students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, 120 teachers, 5 buildings and a budget of just under $30 million.