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RI Superintendent of the Year

Dr. Michael Sollitto, Superintendent of the Burrillville RI
School Department, has been selected as the 2024
Rhode Island Superintendent of the Year. His selection
by the Rhode Island School Superintendents' Association
(RISSA) was announced at its General Membership
Meeting on August 8, 2023. The selection and
recognition of Dr. Sollitto by his colleagues is an
indication of the high regard in which he is held.
The award recognizes outstanding achievement in
school district leadership, dedication to the education
of all children, commitment to the community, and
service to RISSA. The award was presented to Mike by
Jeannine Nota-Masse, Superintendent of the Cranston
Public Schools and the 2022 RI Superintendent of the
In addition to his fellow educational leaders and Rhode
Island Education Commissioner Angélica M.
Infante-Green, Mike’s wife, Jennifer, and his son
Nicholas, daughter in law Kayla, grandson Mason,
daughter Christina, and son Michael Jr. were in
Dr. Sollitto has served as the Superintendent in
Burrillville since 2018. He previously served as Assistant
Superintendent of Schools in Scituate, RI from
2016-2018. Prior to that (2008-2016) he was principal of
Scituate High School. Dr. Sollitto began his career in
Providence as a Social Studies teacher and then
assistant principal and principal at Mt. Pleasant high
He also served as adjunct professor at Concordia
University from 2014 until 2020. Mike has served as an
Adjunct Professor at Grand Canyon University from 2014
to the present.
Dr. Sollitto has been an active member of the RI
Interscholastic League (RIIL) board for many years and
was recognized as the Rhode Island Interscholastic
League Administrator of the Year in 2021.
During his tenure, Burrillville has greatly expanded
district career pathway programs. This includes the
creation of a Career and Technical Education (CTE)
advisory board composed of educators, students,
business professionals, and community partners. In the
2022-2023 school year, Burrillville entered into a
collaborative partnership with the Elenaor Slater
Hospital Zambarano unit. This partnership provides
experiential learning opportunities for Career and
Technical Education students across several areas
including Biomedical Science, Environmental Science,
Construction Management, and Graphic
Communications. Currently, Burrillville High School
offers nine RIDE approved CTE Pathways.
Dr. Sollitto has demonstrated a focus on teaching and
learning that includes the creation of enrichment
opportunities for all students. The development of
summer programs for students has included Music
Camp, Art Camp, Robotics and STEM activities, Guitar
Ensemble, Math and Reading tutoring, Book Club, Math
Camp, Writing Ramp-up, Kindergarten Readiness,
Conscious Discipline, PSAT/SAT preparation, and a
Bedtime Stories program.
Mike’s work as an educational leader is grounded in
collaboration with school and local community
members in Burrillville and throughout the state of
Rhode Island.
Dr. Sollitto has been an active member of the RI School
Superintendents Association for 7 years. He has been
the RISSA representative to the RIIL board for the past 6
Dr. Sollitto earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree at Rhode
Island College, a Masters of Education degree at Rhode
Island College, and a Doctorate in Educational
Leadership from Johnson & Wales University.
Mike and his wife Jennifer reside in North Providence