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William Holland, Ed.D, Interim Superintendent

Warwick Public Schools
34 Warwick Lake Avenue
Warwick, Rhode Island, 02889

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The mission of the Warwick Public Schools, working cooperatively with families and the community, is to provide challenging learning environments that enable all students to develop skills and knowledge necessary to become self-directed, life-long learners, highly productive responsible citizens, and contributors to a technological and diverse society.

(Warwick Public Schools Mission Statement, 2001-)

Interim Superintendent, William Holland, Ed.D.

2015 Kindergarten Registration

Children must attain 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2015 to be eligible for Kindergarten

Registration will take place beginning the week of February 23, 2015

Registration will take place by appointment only

Call the Central Registration Office to schedule an appointment at 401-734-3040

The office is at 34 Warwick Lake Ave.

Information you must bring to register:

  • Birth Certificate

  • Immunization Records

  • Proof of Residency

  • Parent Picture ID

  • If Guardian - copy of court guardianship

  • If Divorced - proof of custody

All registration forms are available online, click below

Warwick Public Schools Kindergarten Lottery

Centralized Enrollment Procedure for Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grades 1-12
For School Year 2015-16

Centralized enrollment is being done by appointment only at the Warwick Public Schools Administration building, located at 34 Warwick Lake Avenue, Warwick, RI, 02889. Enrollment times are between the hours of 8:00am and 2:30pm.

Appointments can be made by calling 734-3040

Parent or Guardian must be present at the time of enrollment.

Please click here for more information on the enrollment requirements and access to the forms needed to enroll your student.

From the Desk of the Superintendent

On behalf of the Warwick School Committee, we would like to introduce you to Dr. William Holland, who will serve as Interim Superintendent of Warwick Public Schools.  Please take the time to read Dr. Holland's profile below and feel free to stop by his office to welcome him to the district.


      Dr. William R. Holland is a former Rhode Island Commissioner of Higher Education and a veteran public educator. A secondary teacher, school administrator, and a school superintendent in five school districts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for twenty-six years, he then spent the next eighteen years as a professor of educational leadership and department chair at Rhode Island College while at the same time serving as executive director of the Rhode Island Principals Association (RIASP).  As professor, he taught prospective Rhode Island teachers and superintendents who went on to leadership positions all over the country. He was appointed Commissioner in 1999 and after completing his term returned to his professor position at Rhode Island College where he retired as professor emeritus in 2005.

     Dr. Holland has a unique breadth of experience that ranges from the kindergarten classroom to the doctoral seminar. As Commissioner, he had responsibility for the first K-16 faculty academic dialogues that focused on improving student preparation for college, an initiative that continued for over a decade. He also oversaw a centralized five hundred million dollar higher education budget and worked closely with college presidents and legislators in implementing a historic five hundred million capital project campaign on three campuses.

     As professor, he helped create and then taught in the new joint doctoral program in education between Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island. As a part time executive director of the Rhode Island Association of School Principals for ten years, he established and ran their first state office at Rhode Island College. As a Superintendent for twenty years, he led several grade reorganization efforts and was heavily involved in strategic planning initiatives to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. In the early 1980’s while superintendent in Narragansett, RI, both the high school and elementary school were recognized as blue ribbon schools by the U.S. Office of Education.

    Active in professional organizations, Dr. Holland served as President of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) , as a member of the New England Board of Higher Education,  as chair of the National Association of Secondary School Principals Committee of College Professors and as chair of the Teacher Mobility Advisory Committee for the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).  He also chaired the NEASC overseas schools committee and served as accreditation chair and consultant for fifteen years in thirteen international schools in Europe and the Middle East.

     The author of several professional articles and presenter at numerous state, regional, and national conferences, Dr. Holland has a bachelor’s degree in history and education from the University of Rhode Island, a master’s in history and education from the University of Massachusetts, and a doctorate in educational administration and supervision from Boston University.

     Since 2006 he has served as a consultant for Strategic Innovations in Education, a consulting firm with offices in Florida and Maine. In 2006-2007 he served as a consultant and interim superintendent of schools in Central Falls, RI, a low income, underachieving urban district composed mainly of disadvantaged Latino students. 

     Dr. Holland is author of five books in last nine years, the most notable being “Selecting School Leaders – Guidelines for Making Tough Decisions” published in 2006 by Rowman and Littlefield, “A School in Trouble: A Personal Story Central Falls High School” published in 2010, and “Hope Realized: The College Journey of Four Central Falls High School Graduates” to be released in March, 2015.

    He and his wife Karen reside in Wakefield, RI, where his writing, consulting, and babysitting of young grandchildren fully occupy his time.

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