Welcome to the Business Department

Welcome to the Business Department

The Pawtucket School Department's Business Department welcomes you to our web page.  The department consists of employees who perform all the accounting and finance functions of the school department along with many other responsibilities. They include budgeting, payroll, employee benefits, 403(b) annuities, employee attendance and substitute assignment, medicaid reimbursement, purchasing, billing, and working papers.

It is the mission of the Business Department to provide accurate and reliable financial reporting to the Superintendent's Office, School Committee, city leaders, independent auditors, R.I. Department of Education and the general public as well as assist employees throughout the school district with business matters. 

Leadership Team

CFO Melissa Devine (left) with Supt. DiCenso receiving a High Energy Performance Schools award.

The Business Department is led by:

Melissa Devine

Chief Financial Officer



Steven Fratiello



Business Department Areas

  • Budget & Finance
    School Department Annual Budgets, Fiscal Statements, Vendor Contracts and Related Information
  • Payroll & Benefits
    Employee Payroll and Benefit Information, Employee Forms, Employee Contracts and News
  • Accounting, AP & Grants
    General Accounting, Accounts Payable/Receivable and Grant Program Information
  • Front Desk
    Working Papers and Textbook Loan Program

Related Departments

Latest Budget & Finance News

  • Agreement with Local 1352

    A new collective bargaining agreement has been reached by both the union and the School Committee with the ratification of the City Council, the agreement, once ratified, will be retroactively effective July 1st 2018 through June 30th 2021. 

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 94, Local 1352 represents the school department's 'non-certified' employees, including Teacher Assistants, Clerks, School Maintenance and Custodians. 

    'Redline' Contract Changes

    Fiscal Impact Statement



    *UPDATED 8/8/18 to reflect ratification by the Pawtucket City Council.

Latest Payroll & Benefit News

  • Bi-Weekly Payroll Coming!

    Non-Certified Payroll Transitioning to Bi-Weekly Pay Schedule

    In order to increase efficiency and reduce costs, the Pawtucket School Department will be moving to a bi-weekly payroll schedule for non-certified employees effective later this month. This changeover was agreed upon in the latest collective bargaining agreement between the Pawtucket School Committee and AFSCME Local 1352. 


    We understand that converting from a weekly to a bi-weekly pay schedule can be difficult for employees. In order to make the transition smoother we will be issuing transition checks to ease into a bi-weekly cycle.


    The transition schedule is as follows:

    • Your August 17th paycheck will be your last full weekly paycheck.
    • On August 24th you will receive a paycheck with 40% of your weekly salary, and all overtime earned that week. In this paycheck, there will be no co-share or other deductions.
    • On August 31st you will receive a paycheck with one full week of pay and the other 60% of your pay from the prior week. This paycheck will have bi-weekly co-share and other deductions.

    • You will not receive a paycheck on September 7th.
    • You will receive your first full bi-weekly paycheck on September 14th


    Thank you for your patience during this transition. Employees should contact the payroll office by email with any questions.

Request for Personal Information Update

Request for Personal Information Update

Full-time employees and part-time employees with a PSD gmail account, please use this electronic form.

Per-diem, part-time hourly, stipend employees and any employees without a PSD account, please fill out either this online form or this paper form and submit it to the payroll office.​