"My jobs plan calls for significant investments in education, including record investments in K-12 education; the full implementation of all-day kindergarten across the state; and funding for dual enrollment, last dollar scholarships, loan forgiveness and workforce development," said Governor Raimondo. "To solidify this commitment, our state needs a talented Board of Education. Dan will be an excellent addition to this Board as they work to expand opportunities for Rhode Island families and build the foundation for success in our schools."
The Board of Education is the chief policy-setting body overseeing K-20 education in Rhode Island. Through its designated powers and duties, the Board helps shape the course of public education to ensure that all of the state's students receive the best possible education.
"I am honored and excited to join the Rhode Island Board of Education," said Daniel P. McConaghy. "As a parent of three public school children, I know how important it is that every child have access to quality education in order to achieve their dreams. I look forward to working with Governor Raimondo, the rest of the Board members, parents, teachers, educators and students to strengthen our educational system and build the skills our students need to succeed."
Daniel P. McConaghy is the executive vice president for Gilbane Building Company. He is a member of the New England Council, AGC of Rhode Island and Massachusetts Chapters, Construction Management Association of America, the Phoenix House Executive Committee, San Miguel School Board, and the LaSalle Academy Board of Trustees. He is a past member of the American Association of Cost Engineers, Town of Warren Hall of Fame Committee, and served as a Carl Lauro School mentor. McConaghy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University and a Master in Business Administration from Babson College.
This nomination is replacing Betsy Shimberg, who has requested her name be withdrawn from consideration for the Board of Education so she can pursue other opportunities.