Scituate School Committee candidates

Scituate School Committee candidates

SCITUATE - Here are some of the Scituate School Committee candidates:

COLEEN PENDERGAST, 44, of 2 Apple Hill Drive, is running for the School Committee as an endorsed Democrat. She has lived in town 17 years.

She is employed as director of senior and community programs at Senior Services Inc., Woonsocket, a position she has held for six months. She previously worked as assisted living/nursing home ombudsman for four years for the Alliance for Better Long-Term Care in Warwick.

She is a 1988 graduate of North Smithfield High School and a 1996 graduate of Rhode Island College.

Pendergast has been a volunteer with Girl Scout Troop 53 and is currently a Clayville School volunteer and a CCD teacher at St. Joseph's in Scituate. She previously was a board member of the Scituate-Foster Little League and a board member of the Clayville PTO.

She is married to Kevin Pendergast and the couple has three children, Aidan, 15, Evan, 12, and Maura, 8.

SALVATORE GELSOMINO, 43, is running for School Committee as an endorsed Democrat. He has lived in town 12 years.

He is an assistant professor at New England Institute of Technology, based in East Greenwich, a position he has held for one year. He previously was a math teacher in the North Providence School Department from September 2000 to March 2014.

He holds a bachelor's degree in health administration from Providence College, received in 1996, and a master's degree in math, also from PC, in 2010.

Gelsomino is president of the Scituate-Foster Little League, president of the Scituate Youth Association and a board member with Scituate Youth Basketball. He coaches girls basketball and boys baseball at Scituate Middle School. At North Providence High, he was a member of the School Improvement Team and the District Evaluation Committee. He was also a member of the Northeast Consortium of Common Core for Mathematics.

He and his wife, Julie Gelsomino, are the parents of three children.

Gelsomino commented: "As a 13-year resident of Scituate I have come to love the town that I live in. Throughout the years I have submerged myself into the culture of our town. I have been involved in as many community events as possible. As I have become more involved and my children have grown, I have recognized the need for areas of improvement.

As a School Committee member, with children attending Scituate schools, I will take more of a proactive approach rather than the reactive approach that is predominant in our town. As a taxpayer of Scituate I recognize the need to be fiscally responsible and not place the burden onto the backs of our taxpayers. This goal is attainable through grant writing and creative methods of raising funds. As a parent I understand the need to put our schools in the top echelon of the state. With simple policies and support for our teachers we can achieve and maintain the status to be in the top one percent of Rhode Island."

JUNE HILL GUGLIELMI, 87, of 58 Highland Terrace, seeks re-election to the School Committee as an endorsed Republican. She has lived in town 47 years and been on the school board 20 years, since 1994.

She is a retired employee of the Scituate School Department, where she was an elementary school teacher from 1967 to 1994.

She is a graduate of Portland (Conn.) High School, 1941-1945, the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in sociology, 1945-1949, the Boston University School of Social Work, 1951-52, and earned a master's degree in education from Rhode Island College in 1972. She has been a member of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees.

She is the wife of the late Anthony F. Guglielmi and the couple have six adult children - Susan, Judith, Anthony, Leonard, John and Lisa.

Guglielmi has been honored with the Paul Harris Award from the Scituate Rotary Club and the Scituate Citizen of the Year Award.

She commented that she has a "wealth of knowledge, and an understanding of school policy and administration that have helped the Scituate school system become and remain one of the best districts in the state."

She says during her years on the School Committee, Scituate schools have realized good return on their investment. "Scituate's per-pupil spending is consistently in the bottom 50 percent of school districts in the state, yet Scituate outperforms 90 percent of other districts," she said.

She has served on several negotiating committees, successfully negotiating contracts with teachers, custodians and paraprofessionals. She is "a strong advocate of all-day kindergarten and was a prime mover in instituting it in Scituate this year."

BRIAN LAPLANTE, 42, of 11 Overlook Trail in Scituate, is seeking a return to the School Committee where he has served since 2007.

An attorney, he's the owner of LaPlante Sowa Goldman in Providence.

He's vice president of the Scituate Youth Association, vice president and coach of Scituate Youth Basketball, and coach of Scituate Foster Little League and Scituate Girls Softball.

He's a graduate of Scituate High School, 1990, where he was the Providence Journal's Honor Roll Boy Scholar-Athlete and the SHS's Harold G. Gifford Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and a law degree from Suffolk University.

He is married to Jacquelyn LaPlante and they have two children.

He describes himself as "level-headed and fair," "experienced with business, legal and public policy matters," "collaborative" and a "problem solver."