New leadership in the Scituate school district

New leadership in the Scituate school district

SCITUATE – New Supt. Carol Blanchette will start her first school year next Tuesday, Aug. 28, but says she already has ambitious goals for the future.

Hoping to be one of the top five school districts in Rhode Island in the next five years, Blanchette said additions to the leadership team will help the Scituate School Department reach that goal.

In one of her first changes, Blanchette decided against hiring an assistant superintendent in favor of adding a new director of finance and administration. The School Committee appointed Matt Bobola to the position on Aug. 7, the same night Kaitlin Soccio was appointed as the new principal of North Scituate Elementary School. Blanchette said Soccio is enthusiastic and a great fit for the school.

“This team will help our schools achieve our goal to fit our strategic plan,” Blanchette said.

Blanchette said Bobola will focus on school spending to find areas where funds can be cut and what areas need attention. His role will be to maximize the impact of taxpayer dollars, she said.

She said the School Committee hired her for her curriculum writing skills and found that an assistant superintendent would not be necessary.

“That’s why the School Committee hired me, I would like to own that work,” she said, “We chose a person that would best benefit the district. A person to better utilize resources.”

Thomas Rambacher was also added to the team as the new director of technology. Blanchette said the position is new to the district and will help ensure Scituate schools are functioning at their best.

Rambacher will address technology infrastructure and systems, working with and coaching teachers and administrators to operate efficiently. Blanchette said the district could use improvement in the technology area, and Rambacher will be integral to moving the schools forward.

“We’re ready for it. We need to give the teachers the tools that they need to succeed,” she said.

A move to bid out work on Caito Field and the floors in North Scituate Elementary school is still in progress. Approved last November, the $4.9 million bond was created for repairs to athletic school and capital improvements to the schools.

“Between the improvement on the fields, the football field, and track, there’s a lot going on in the athletic department,” she said.

Ten classroom floors in North Scituate Elementary schools are being renovated, as well as some painting in schools.

For continued success, Blanchette said she’d like to see the schools continue to work on the high school’s career and technology education programs. With one new addition this year, the entrepreneurship academy, Blanchette said she’d like to see more programs each year.

Scituate will be shortening February vacation this year to three days instead of five.

Blanchette is hosting an evening event to “Meet our Leadership Team” tonight, Thursday, Aug. 23, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Scituate High School. All leadership members old and new will be available to answer questions from the public during the event.