Former Providence public school principal was caught working at a school in Washington, DC, at the same time

PROVIDENCE – A former Providence school principal was caught working at two different schools at the same time, pointing in person to his job in Providence before logging on to a school in Washington, DC virtually.

Michael Redmond, who was hired as E-Cubed Academy new principal in July 2020, admitted to continuing to work virtually as an assistant principal at Stephen E. Kramer Middle School in Washington, DC, for 17 weeks after starting full-time work for Providence Public Schools.

According to a notice of violation issued by the District of Columbia Ethics and Government Accountability Board earlier this month, Redmond admitted to working weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Providence public schools while also working weekdays from 8:45 a.m. at 3:15 p.m. for DC Public Schools.

Redmond, who resigned from DC public schools on November 30, 2020, earned approximately $ 41,000 in district government salaries during those 17 weeks – an annual salary of $ 125,434 – in addition to the annual salary of 120,720 $ which he received as director of E-Cubed Academy. .

“DCPS was alerted to this concern in the fall of 2020. In accordance with our protocols, we immediately opened an investigation and reported the allegation to DC’s Ethics and Government Accountability Board for investigation,” said Enrique Gutierrez, spokesperson for DC Public Schools. district.

According to the notice, Redmond violated four counts of the District of Columbia Code of Conduct, including “receiving compensation for [outside] teaching activities during normal working hours, without the use of annual leave, compensatory leave, exempt leave or leave without pay.

When Redmond was hired at Providence in July 2020, Providence Schools introduced him as the new director of E-Cubed Academy, say on facebook that he “came to Providence from Washington DC where he served as a school principal and turnaround specialist.” He has been praised for increasing in-person attendance, reducing suspensions and truancy, and helping Kramer Middle School outperform his district in grade six math.

Redmond did not answer questions from the Globe, but told the Washington Post on Tuesday that he had “very effective grades” with Kramer and that he “received excellent grades” at Providence. He resigned from the E-Cubed Academy on April 5, according to Victor Morente, spokesperson for the Rhode Island Department of Education, but it is not known whether his resignation was related to the matter.

“We found out about the ethics complaint today,” Morente told The Globe on Monday night. He then clarified and said the district had been alerted to the Redmond situation working at both schools in November 2020.

It is not known whether Providence Schools will file an ethics violation against Redmond. Morente said the hiring was done “at the discretion of the Superintendent. [Harrison Peters] Last year.”

In July, E-Cubed Academy noted on Twitter that he would host a meeting for the new principal of the school, Dr. Matthew Judah.

Redmond will have to appear at a hearing in Washington, DC (the date has not yet been determined), after which the DC board will have to make a decision on what actions they plan to take.

This debacle is the latest of the personnel issues that Providence schools have faced in recent years.

In May, Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green called on former Providence superintendent Harrison Peters to resign as he faced severe criticism for hiring Olayinka Alege, a Providence school administrator who was charged with assault for allegedly massaging a teenager’s foot at a Warwick gymnasium in April.

In 2019, researchers at Johns Hopkins University published a scathing report which described a series of recurring and disturbing issues plaguing the Providence school district, including organized fights between female students promoted on social media, rodent traps stuck to student shoes and collapsed ceilings in classrooms. The report also states that only 14% of students in Grades 3 through 8 were considered proficient in English on the 2018 Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System, or RICAS, and only 10% were doing math at the grade level.

The report led Infante-Green to recommend that the state take control of the school system, removing oversight from the mayor, city council, and school board.

Carlos Muñoz of Globe staff contributed to this report.

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