Sunday, November 4, 2012
Democrat Deidre Gifford is running for a second term.
Editor's Note: There are five candidates running for three seats on the EG School Committee. Four candidates responsed to these questions via email. Links to the responses of those other candidates can be found at the bottom. Why are you running? I am running for a second term because I believe there are few things more important than ensuring every child has an excellent education. I have acquired valuable experience in working with the Town, our finance committee and other committee members to maintain the educational programs in EG through some of the worst economic difficulties in decades. Public education is at an important juncture. Changes in public policy at the federal and state level need to be thoughtfully implemented at the …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Gifford, School Committee chair, is running for her second term.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Name : Dr. Deidre Spelliscy Gifford Date of birth : 01 January 1958 Place of residence : East Greenwich, RI Attended college : Yes College : UCLA Degree : BS Year of graduation : 1981 University : UCLA Degree : Public Health Year of graduation : 1991 University : Cornell Medical College Area of research : Medicine Year of graduation : 1987 Job titles held : Medical Director Employers : Ri Executive Office of Health and Human Services Party affiliation : Democrat Running for a: Local office Running for position: School Committee Chamber/district: Incumbent: Yes First elected: 03 November 2008 Previous elective offices : School Committee Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: N/A Currently Chair of the School committee. Resident of EG since…
Friday, July 6, 2012
Four Democrats, three Republicans and one independent signed up to run for School Committee. Now we wait to see if they all submit the required signatures.
Eight candidates have signed up to run for School Committee – eight. For three seats. It’s hard to complain about apathy this election year, at least on the school side. (The Town Council race is less rosy picture, with five Republicans but no Democrats running.) Here’s a rundown of the candidates in alphabetical order. They must collect the signatures of at least 50 registered East Greenwich voters by 4 p.m. July 13 to earn a spot on the ballot. If all four Democrats submit enough signatures, there will be a primary Sept. 11 to narrow the field to three. Deidre Gifford, a Democrat, currently serves as chair of the East Greenwich School Committee. She is running for a second term. Gifford is an obstetrician/gynecologist. She is the …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Republicans field a full slate for Council and School Committee; Democrats offer no candidates for Council, four for School Committee.
The Democrats cup runneth over for School Committee, with four candidates for three seats, while they failed to field a single candidate for Town Council's five available seats. Republicans, meanwhile, have a full slate of five candidates for council, two candidates for School Committee and one candidate for Town Moderator. By 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, a total of 15 people had filed to run for town offices – 8 Republicans, 4 Democrats, 1 Libertarian, 1 Moderate, and 1 independent. There are 6 candidates for Town Council, 7 for School Committee, and 2 for Town Moderator. Former School Committee Chair Jean Ann Guliano is making a run for Town Council. If she wins, she would be the first woman councilor in 10 years. Guliano is running as a…
Thursday, April 5, 2012
The committee is slated to consider moving Meadowbrook Farms, Frenchtown third graders on April 24.
Parents from Meadowbrook Farms Elementary turned out at Tuesday's School Committee meeting to voice concerns for possible hazards to kids they believe school reconfiguration related to building construction may present. The School Committee is comtemplating moving third graders from Frenchtown and Meadowbrook to Hanaford and Eldredge. In the midst of that decision-making process, the panel is also planning to start major construction at Meadowbrook to alleviate stubborn moisure problems there. Meadowbrook parents backed the idea of moving second graders to Hanaford Elementary during construction at Meadowbrook to ease the impact of construction on students there. The committee placed reconfiguration on the agenda for April 24. A study of …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
A quick school committee meeting recognized an OT from the district and tabled other discussions
It doesn't happen often, but Tuesday night's School Committee meeting lasted a mere 30 minutes, largely the result of Chairwoman Deidre Gifford's absence. Several agenda items added by Gifford were tabled. Committeeman Paul Martin was also absent. The start of the meeting began with recognition of Cheryl Simmons, who was awarded a $4,500 grant from the National Education Foundation to be used to help provide professional development for teachers who are working with students using assistive technologies. Simmons, an occupational therapist for the district, is an assistive technology specialist. Assistive technologies are those items - including communication devices and computer software - that help people with disabilities in the …