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) retirement accounts, maintaining the employee absence management system, 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



Latest Payroll & Benefit News
  • 2020 Tax Withholding Changes

    Federal Tax Withholding News

    As you may be aware from our newsletters, the IRS has undertaken a major redesign of the federal W-4 form to align it with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) which passed in December of 2017 and which came into effect with tax year 2018. The IRS has released the final 2020 W-4 and we have added it to our "Tax Center" page (it cannot be used prior to January 1, 2020). 

    In order to make this transition as smooth as possible for employees, we are including an FAQ here for common employee questions.

    A few key points that we would like to communicate about the change are as follows:

    - The new 2020 W-4 form is not required to be completed by existing employees, however new employees starting work January 1st or later will be required to use the form and any current employees wishing to change their federal withholding after January 1st, 2020 must use the new form.

    - While current employees are not required to complete the form, it may be advantageous for employees to do so as the form is designed to lead to more accurate withholding under the new law. We have heard a lot of feedback this year regarding employees unexpectedly receiving smaller refunds or owing taxes for 2018, the new form is supposed to help set that right. 

    - Rhode Island withholding has not changed and still uses the tax bracket and personal allowance system, therefore the new federal W-4 will no longer be compatible with Rhode Island withholding. We will be asking employees to submit a Rhode Island W-4 (available on our website) to change Rhode Island withholding.


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
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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 ‚Äčelectronic form.

Substitutes, Part-Time & Stipend Employees, please visit Substitute Central