St. Johnsbury Schools Interim Superintendent

school busSAINT JOHNSBURY- The Saint Johnsbury School District has appointed a new interim superintendent for this school year. Dr. Brian Ricca will be filling the role of former superintendent Ranny Bledsoe. Ricca has been named to .6 administrator through the first of July. Dr. Ricca will be working three days a week with a salary of sixty-thousand dollars for ten months of work.

He was previously the superintendent of Montpelier for seven years and struck a settlement with their school board in stepping down. Ricca did not take any time off between stepping down from the Montpelier position and going to Saint Johnsbury.

 

Ricca was one of two superintendents brought before the Saint Johnsbury school board by consultant Bob Stevens from the Vermont School Board Association. His success amongst the Montpelier school system was a large contributer to his appointment in Saint Johnsbury.
Part of what openend this position up for Ricca was the Teachers' Union survey that was conducted uncovering a large lack of confidence in Bledsoe, according to an anonymous statement shared by a faculty member. Bledsoe had announced in the spring her stepping-down from Superintendent effective July first, and her plans to take a math teaching job at Craftsbury Academy.

Dr Ricca received his docterate from Loyola University of Chicago and currently resides in Williston where he will be traveling from three days a week. The Montpelier School Board had some nice words for him wishing him farewell.
"The MPS Board thanks Dr. Ricca for his dedicated service to the district and its students, and wishes him well in his future endeavor.

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