2016-04-14 / Front Page

Booth Announces Retirement

By James Merolla


Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Booth began serving Newport students in 2003 as the principal of Cranston Calvert. Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Booth began serving Newport students in 2003 as the principal of Cranston Calvert. Jennifer Booth, who has served in virtually every capacity as an educator and school administrator in Newport, surprised her colleagues this week when she announced her retirement as assistant superintendent.

Superintendent Colleen Jermain reported Booth’s decision at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 12.

In a brief note that Jermain characterized as typical of the assistant superintendent’s tendency of not drawing attention to herself, Booth wrote: “Please accept this letter as formal notification of my retirement from the position of Assistant Superintendent of Newport Public Schools, effective June 30, 2016. It has been my pleasure to serve the students of Newport schools. Many in this year’s graduating class were among my first group of kindergarteners at Cranston Calvert School when I began as principal in Newport in 2003. Like them, after 13 years, I am ready to move on to the next phase in my life. Thank you for your support.”

Jermain described Booth as “my colleague, my co-worker and my right-hand person.” She continued to say that Booth “has given this district the best of the best. They are going to be big shoes to fill. It is with deep regret that we accept her resignation for retirement. We wish her all the best.”

Committee members expressed their appreciation for Booth’s contributions to the district. Chair Jo Eva Gaines said, “When we lose a long-term employee, we also lose a lot of our history.”

“I was stunned when I saw that item on the agenda,” added School Committee member Kathleen Silvia. “She is just an outstanding person. I wish her luck, but it is a loss for the School Department.”

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