2014-11-20 / Front Page

New Rogers Principal Named

By Olga Enger


Jeffrey Goss Jeffrey Goss A local educator, known for his ability to effectively work with both suburban and urban students, will soon take the helm at Rogers High School. The Newport School Committee unanimously voted Tuesday, Nov. 18, at their regular meeting to appoint Jeffrey Goss to replace the school’s interim principal, Gerald Foley.

“He is a perfect fit,” Newport Superintendent Colleen Burns Jermain told Newport This Week. Jermain, who worked with Goss in the Portsmouth and Providence districts, said he genuinely cares about students, and understands the challenges students face in different home environments.

Goss will be Rogers’ third principal in three years. Principal James Nelson resigned in August to accept a teaching position at Mount Pleasant High School. Nelson was hired in December of 2011 to replace Patti DiCenso, who was the school’s principal for over six years before she accepted a position with the Pawtucket School District.

Goss currently serves as the assistant principal at Classical High School in Providence, a position he took in July 2013. He will start at Rogers in December.

“He knew each and every student’s name and made home visits to students in some tough neighborhoods,” said Jermain.

Goss graduated with a major in sports management and a minor in business management from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 1991. In 1997, he went on to get his master’s degree in business management from Johnson and Wales University. He did graduate work in secondary administration at Providence College, and he has both PK – 12 principal and superintendent certifications from the state.

He began teaching in 1997 for the Portsmouth district as a business education teacher and head girls basketball coach, assistant football coach, assistant boys basketball coach and assistant softball coach. He went on to serve as assistant principal at Portsmouth High School from 2004 until 2012, when he left to serve as the principal at Gilbert Stuart Middle School in Providence.

“He turned around the attendance rate at Gilbert to be the first in state,” said Jermain, which is one of the goals she would like Goss to focus on in Newport.

Goss then served as the principal on special assignment and at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence for six months before he accepted the position at Classical.

“We are very lucky to have him,” said Jermain.

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