Mayor Angel Taveras today nominated Providence resident Nicholas Hemond to serve on the Providence School Board.
Hemond is entering his third year in the honors program at Roger Williams University School of Law. While in law school Hemond has continued to serve as an academic tutor and mentor at Classical High School, his alma mater. He was also a volunteer assistant baseball coach at Classical High School for five seasons, and is a volunteer baseball coach in the Providence Babe Ruth League.
"The Providence School Board plays an important role in shaping public education and contributing to the transformation of our schools. As a School Board member, Nick will be a strong advocate for our students, and will work diligently to ensure that our children's education is a priority," said Mayor Taveras.
A product of Providence's public schools, Hemond attended Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School, Nathanael Greene Middle School and Classical High School, going on to receive a bachelor's degree from Providence College in 2009. While at Classical, Hemond received the Lieutenant Governor's Leadership Award, served as a member of the Classical High School Improvement Team and a member of student government. He continues to participate in alumni programs.
"Every student in Providence should receive the same educational opportunity I enjoyed as a student in the City. The role of a School Board member is to ensure that our students leave our schools prepared to succeed in the professional world. My strength will be that I have never broken my connection with the Providence Schools. Not long ago I was sitting in the same classrooms as our students are today and my subsequent work with students will allow me to bring a fresh perspective to the Board," said Hemond.
"Nicholas Hemond is an active member of our community, and I have great confidence in his abilities to serve the students, parents and school system of Providence. The most important quality a School Board member can possess is an unyielding commitment to the children of Providence, and I can say without a doubt that Nick Hemond possesses this trait," said City Council President Michael Solomon.
"I am confident that Nick will be an exemplary School Board member who will work well with his School Board colleagues, Mayor Taveras and the Council to achieve our common goal - that every child in Providence gets a first-class education," said Councilman Terrence Hassett.
The School Board Nominating Commission received six applications, interviewed three candidates, and recommended two finalists to Mayor Taveras.
The City Council has 30 days to consider and act upon Hemond's nomination. If approved by the City Council, Hemond's term will expire on December 31, 2012.