N.S. high school assistant principal resigns following police incident


NORTH SMITHFIELD – Just weeks after an incident in which his wife was arrested for attacking a woman in town with whom he was allegedly having an affair, North Smithfield High School Asst. Principal Steven Boss has resigned from his role at the school.

School officials, meanwhile, say they were unaware of any outside issues, and were surprised by the resignation.

Boss, who was hired for the job at NSHS in 2015, has submitted his resignation, scheduled to be accepted by members on the School Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

NRI NOW learned that the decision comes following an incident on Sunday, Jan. 29 where Boss was present while his wife, Amanda Nicole Anderson of Pascoag, was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

According to the arrest report, police were called to the North Smithfield home around 2 a.m. by the victim, a 39-year-old female. The victim told police she’d been having an affair with Boss for the past year, and that the couple called her on the phone to say they were coming over to talk.

When they arrived, the victim told police Boss stayed in the truck while Anderson, the passenger, jumped out and attacked her on her front porch. She said Boss eventually got out of the vehicle and pulled Anderson off of her after she landed on the floor from several punches, and the couple got back into the vehicle and drove away.

The woman, who had several fresh cuts on her face and a bruise under her eye according to police, said she wished to press charges.

Burrillville police located the truck driving by Bella Restaurant and arrested Anderson. The report notes she began insulting officers and said they should let her go because, “he cheated on me with that fat (explitive).”

The victim has filed a no trespass order against both Boss and Anderson, who live in Pascoag.

Boss, a 51-year-old who also served as the truancy officer for the high school, came to North Smithfield from the Woonsocket School District, where he also served as assistant principal. Previously, he worked as a math teacher at Woonsocket Middle School.

According to sources in the community, Boss was well-liked and respected by students, and known for being dedicated and accessible.

Supt. Michael St. Jean said the resignation came as a surprise.

“Mr. Boss was an integral part of NSHS and his presence will be missed,” St. Jean said in a statement. “While his resignation came as a surprise, I  certainly wish him well in any of his future endeavors.” 

School Committee Chairman James Lombardi issued a similar statement, noting he was unaware of any performance-related or other issues leading to the resignation.

 “I would like to thank Mr. Boss for his dedication to the students of North Smithfield High School,” Lombardi said. “He made a difference in many children’s lives. During the pandemic, I know that he worked hard to get the most venerable children who needed guidance and support, back to the classroom. I wish him the best of luck in the future.”

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  1. We are closing comments on this article.
    To those who feel it was his personal business and should not have been made public – reality is, once it’s in a police report, it is not. And when an individual who is paid with public tax dollars makes decisions that affect the students and education, it is no longer merely personal.
    It’s obvious many people loved and respected him & that he helped many kids in the past- and we tried to convey as much. The situation is unfortunate, but in terms of news, this clearly qualified.

  2. Oh please. Who cares! He was a great asset to the school. People make mistakes. FB is public, wife is def very beautiful as stated earlier. No one lives with these people or knows what happened. People make mistakes. He resigned with great accolades. Let him alone. And I don’t blame the wife. The hurt and betrayal! Women should support women, not screw their husbands.

  3. Pretty shitty you reported on this…this guy’s rep at an asst principal was great, crappy you dragged him thru the news like this..

  4. I feel badly that he resigned since this was truly a personal matter. Perhaps the person he was having an affair with worked at the school? If not, he didn’t need to go to these lengths. I don’t condone what he did, and while disappointing, people make mistakes.

  5. Boss was one of the best people in all of NSPS. He actually cared for the students and made an effort to help those who needed. He helped many people through their toughest time and provided a safe environment to talk. These kids do not have anything like that anymore.
    I wish Boss the best in everything he wants to do. And I hope the highschool makes an effort to help their kids like he did. North Smithfield won’t be the same without him.

  6. Really wasn’t necessary to report this.. He was a good vice principal and great to our kids. Seems like he made a really bad choices the wife is a smoke show. You never know what’s going on behind closed doors I guess.. Sad to see the guys business everywhere when hes already down..probably a divorce to. Give him a break.

  7. Hahaha! Don’t sleep with other people’s husbands. I mean he’s a jerk too but for women everywhere, we salute the wife.

  8. Mr. Boss, a man of sauce. Those desks at NSHS never stood a chance when you through them across the room, thank god the Berg wasn’t in the way I know that wouldn’t be good. IMO best vice the town ever had shame to see him go.

  9. This is ridiculous. Guy was a great principal. We’re all human. Laughing that the wife kicked her azz.

  10. Was there really a need to publish this ? Talk about kicking a man when he is down!!

    Wish you the best Steve. You were great to and for the kids of NS!!!

  11. Sorry this has happened, Mr.Boss you were truly one of the greatest! Thank you for standing by my boys and supporting them through out the years at North Smithfield High School. You were what i would call a gentle giant an cared for all the students. Truly wish you were the one handing my son his diploma in June as you stood by him every step of the way. Wishing you the best as life moves forward.

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