Blanchette named superintendent in Scituate

Blanchette named superintendent in Scituate

The Scituate School Committee has named Carol Blanchette as the next superintendent of Schools.

"We are thrilled to have found such a highly qualified individual to lear out school system," said school board Chairman Brian LaPlante in a statement. "The School Committee shares my belief that Ms. Blanchette is the ideal candidate to build on our history of distinction, recent improvements, and imminent launch of over $5 million in school capital improvement projects, expanding CTE programs, technology enhancements, and other initiatives."

Blanchette has the critical experience in team building and educaitonal leadership needed to guide the schools into the future, he added.

A superintendent search committee, comprised of school board members, principals, teachers and parents, reviewed resumes of dozens of candidates, held interviews, and made its decision over the last four weeks. Many qualified people applied for the job, said School Committee member Carolyn Dias, who led the search process.

Blanchette will start July 1. She is currently the chief of teaching and learning at the Rhode Island State Department of Education, where she leads the work of the Offices of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; Professional Development, Educator Evaluation, Certification; and Special Education and Community Supports.

Her previous experience includes serving as superintendent in Jamestown. She is a former elementary principal, middle school principal, and assistant superintendent in Chariho. She began her career as a teacher in Warwick, and also taught in Massachusetts and Georgia. A former Chariho School Committee member, she also served as secretary, vice president and president-elect of the Rhode Island Association of School Superintendents.

Blanchette received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Providence College, her master's in education from Bridgewater State University, and her certificate of graduate student in leadership from the University of Georgia.