CUMBERLAND – By unanimous vote, the Cumberland School Committee on Wednesday evening appointed Antonio ‘Tony’ DiManna as the district’s new assistant superintendent.
“I am excited to be promoting this impressive educator from within our school system,” Superintendent Robert Mitchell said. “Tony has distinguished himself as a strong instructional leader. He has led his staff in improving the academic achievement of his students in every school where he has served as principal. I look forward to working with Tony. His experience and expertise will be an asset to improving the quality of education in our community.”
Mr. DiManna has been the principal at BF Norton Elementary School since 2012. During his tenure, B.F. Norton has increased science proficiency scores within a two-year span to third in the district. Historically, when it came to science scores, BF Norton had been the lowest performing school in Cumberland. The school now outperforms the statewide average in science, with 44% of Norton students at proficent, compared to a statewide 39% proficiency average.
“I’m honored and excited about this opportunity,” said Mr. DiManna, who holds a master’s degree in educational administration from Providence College and a bachelor’s degree in science, graduating magna cum laude, from Rhode Island College. “I’m eager to work with my colleagues as we collaboratively move our district forward. We’ve come a long way as a district in the past few years, and I’m confident we can do even better.”
During his time at BF Norton, Mr. DiManna initiated parent workshops focused on understanding curriculum initiatives. He also oversaw the creation of an assessment tracking system that provides teachers with data that immediately impacts their classroom instruction, and established professional relationships with local college and universities that provide support and professional development in science, math, and writing.
“Tony has a firm grasp of the current climate of education and has demonstrated the ability to initiate necessary changes to better serve our students,” said Jenn Bernardo, president of BF Norton’s PTO. “He has been working to change the culture of the school so as to be in a better position to tackle the common core standards we are trying to align with and prepare for the transition to PARCC assessments. His experience with our new grading system has been extremely beneficial to both teachers and parents.”
Mr. DiManna’s previous experience includes serving as principal at Clayville Elementary School in Scituate from 2011-12, and as Principal and Director of Academics at Times Squared Academy in Providence from 2007-2011. He also has five years of classroom teaching experience.