Pallotta seeks return to School Committee

Pallotta seeks return to School Committee

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Former longtime District 1 School Committee member Frank Pallotta has announced that he plans to make another run at the seat.

Pallotta, in a news release, noted that he served District 1 from 1986 to 2006.

“As an educator of 48 years, I was a teacher, principal, special education director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent,” he said.

He served as the superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools from 1999 to 2003, and currently serves as head of schools in Burrillville, where he’s been for nine years. He said he was honored to be named superintendent of the year in 2013.

Pallotta, who lives at 15 Twins Lane, also serves on the North Providence Building Commission overseeing construction of two new elementary schools. During his tenure on the School Committee, he served as chairman for four years. He was also president of the R.I. School Committee Association for two years, serving on the executive board for 11 years.

Pallotta said the philosophy that’s guided him in his 48 years in education has been making decision in the best interests of children. He will be retiring in June as superintendent in Burrillville, but would like to continue in public service as a member of the North Providence School Committee.

“The greatest challenge in education today is to ensure school safety,” he said. “Teaching and learning can only excel if both staff and students feel safe.”

His priorities, if he is elected, will be to enhance school safety, create an environment where teaching and learning will excel, support technology as an instructional tool to transform the classroom and improve teaching and learning, work closely with colleagues on the committee, as well as the Town Council and mayor, and “create a culture of transparency and trust on behalf of the students, staff and community.”