Five School Committee Candidates Interviewed by Yarmouth Selectmen

CCB Media Photo Yarmouth Selectman Erik Tolley

CCB Media Photo
Yarmouth Selectman Erik Tolley

YARMOUTH – Yarmouth selectmen interviewed five applicants for the school committee opening last night.

The opening was created by the resignation of longtime member John Poole on October 14.

Selectmen are in charge of appointing a candidate to the position, ahead of the November 14 deadline.

Seven members, which include four from Yarmouth and three from Dennis, form the committee.

Business owner and former State Police Trooper Brian Sullivan has applied to the position.

He has two teenage children who attend Sturgis West High School in Hyannis.

“I bring a different prospective than most candidates,” said Sullivan. “I don’t think anybody here has the same background as a parent that I have. Approximately 25 percent of the district’s children go to a different school and there’s a reason for that. I know some reasons for that, and I can move the district forward in a positive direction.”

Stephen Edwards, who lost his committee seat in the spring, wants another crack at the job.

He served on the committee for six years, treasury of the district for five years and was chairman of the finance committee for 3 years.

“I think we have to re-build trust within the committee,” said Edwards.

Kindergarten teacher Mary Beth Capobianco is currently serving as a member of the West Villages Elementary School Council, is co-president of the D-Y Regional High School PAC and a member of the DYRHS School Council.

Her daughter graduated from D-Y High School this past year and her son is a sophomore.

“I would utilize my background, my education and my experience as a teacher to assist the school committee to continue to make positive strides and continue growth at the D-Y schools,” said Capobianco.

Michelle LaRowe Conover has two young children in the district and has also served as the executive director of the International Nanny Association.

“I’m a believer in public school,” said Conover. “I am a go-getter. I’m a task master, I get things done. I think I bring a prospective to challenge the status-quo and I can work as a team member in raising the standards of excellence that we have with the D-Y advantage here.”

Retired Boston firefighter Joseph Glynn has three boys who attended Sturgis West and D-Y High School.

“It’s about what value education brings and how we can improve it,” said Glynn. “I think that I have a vision to go forward and improve the district in dealing with it through facts and no myths and make sure that we can do the best.”

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