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.”