School board approves three year contract extension for Burrillville superintendent

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BURRILLVILLE – Supt. Michael Sollitto is on track to remain with the district through the 2024/2025 school year following a contract extension passed unanimously this week by the Burrillville School Committee.

The extension for the district’s top administrator was approved without public discussion at the school board’s meeting on Tuesday, May 10.

Sollitto came to Burrillville in 2018, taking over the role from retiring Supt. Frank Pallotta, who had led the the town’s public schools for nine years. Previously, Sollitto served as principal at Scituate High School from 2008-2016, before moving into the position of assistant superintendent for the Scituate School Department.

He has a master’s in education from Rhode Island College and is an adjunct professor for Grand Canyon University and Concordia University. He also has a doctorate in education from Johnson and Wales University.

It is the second term extension for the leader of the Burrillville public school system. Sollitto’s contract was extended for two years amid virtual meetings and COVID restrictions in July of 2020. He was hired in 2018 with a salary of $145,000.

Among his accomplishments over the past four years is expansion of the district’s Career and Technical Education programs, a goal Sollitto listed as a priority when he was first interviewed by NRI NOW in 2018. Since that time, Burrillville schools received approval from the Rhode Island Department of Education for four CTE programs, including coursework in teacher education, graphic designcriminal justice and and biomedical science.

Administrators recently received RIDE’s recommendation for the launch of a CTE program in computer science, currently offered as a “pathway,” at Burrillville High School, and preparations are underway for its potential launch.

Sollitto is a member of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League’s Principal Committee on Athletics, and in 2021, he was named RIIL’s Administrator of the Year.

The unanimous vote followed discussion of the superintendent’s job performance in executive session.

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