Cumberland to Host Town Hall Meeting on School Safety


*Update* The March 13th meeting has been canceled. The rescheduled date is March 27th.

The Cumberland School Department will host a public forum on Tuesday, March 27th at 6:30 p.m. at McCourt Middle School to share updates on school safety protocols, hear concerns, and answer questions from the community.

“We know that in light of recent events, parents and others want to know about our schools and what we have done and are doing to keep our students safe,” Superintendent Robert Mitchell said. “In working with the Mayor, other town officials, and the police department, we thought this would be the best way for us to keep the community informed of our policies, procedures, and safety precautions.”

Mayor Bill Murray and Superintendent Bob Mitchell, along with other local officials, will lead a discussion on school safety in the schools. The meeting will focus on three main areas: a presentation on current safety protocols, plans to improve school safety, and an open forum for community members to share concerns and offer suggestions.

Parents, students, staff and community members are encouraged to attend.

WHAT:   A public forum on school safety

WHEN: Tuesday, March 27th 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: McCourt Middle School

45 Highland Avenue


MEDIA CONTACT:  Superintendent Robert Mitchell (401) 658-1600 

Cote Named Interim Principal at CHS

Superintendent Robert Mitchell has named Susan T. Cote as the interim principal for Cumberland High School. She will serve in the role through the end of the current school year. 

"I'm thrilled to be able to bring someone of Dr. Cote's experience, enthusiasm, and leadership to our high school," Mr. Mitchell said. 

Dr. Cote will be introduced to the high school staff during a faculty meeting Wednesday afternoon. Her first day as interim principal is Tuesday, February 20th.

A graduate of Boston College, Dr. Cote holds an advanced degree from Fitchburg State College in education management. She earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Northeastern University. 

Assistant Superintendent Tony DiManna had been  pulling double duty, also serving as interim principal at CHS since Jan 2. 

"I want to publicly thank Mr. DiManna for his efforts these past few weeks," Mr. Mitchell said. "He has truly done an outstanding job."

A former math and science teacher, high school science department chair, and elementary school principal, Dr. Cote was the assistant superintendent in the Swansea Public Schools from 2001-2005. She went on to serve as assistant superintendent in the East Bridgewater Public Schools from 2005-2009 before being named superintendent of East Bridgewater from 2009 to 2013. 

Early Admittance Information for Kindergarten and Grade One

Cumberland School Department is now taking applications from March 1 to May 1, 2018 for Early Admittance Testing to Kindergarten/Grade One. Kindergarten students must turn 5 on or before September 1, 2018.  This test is offered to children who are not eligible for kindergarten in the fall but will turn 5 between September 2nd and December 31, 2018; Grade one students must turn 6 between September 2nd and December 31, 2018.
For application and Frequently Asked Questions brochure, go to website (, or they can be picked up in the Assistant Superintendent’s Office, 2602 Mendon Road.  For more information, call Laurie Jencks, 401-658-1600, x303
All applications must include a copy of updated and certified immunizations, copy of certified birth certificate and proof of residency.

Please read the Early Entry Letter from the Assistant Superintendent's office. This link is also found below.



Please choose the Early Admittance Procedure file below for the proper forms.