Lynda Avanzato, Democratic Candidate for School Committee in North Kingstown

Lynda Avanzato is seeking re-election for a second term on the NK School Committee.

General Information

Name : Ms. Lynda S Avanzato
Also known as : none
Date of birth : 01 October 1963
Place of residence : North Kingstown, Rhode Island



Attended college : Yes
College : Boston University
Degree : BA
Year of graduation : 1985

Grad school

Ph D.

University : Washington College of Law
Area of research : law, J.D.
Year of graduation : 1988

Employment Information

Job titles held : attorney for several law firms, attorney for United States Dept of Justice
Employers : not currently employed, previous employers include US Dept of Justice, law firm Brown Shiels & Chasanov, Corcoran Peckham & Hayes, New England Tech

Political Information

Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: North Kingstown School Committee
Chamber/district: State Rep District 31, Senate District 35
Incumbent: Yes
First elected: 07 November 2008
Previous elective offices : North Kingstown School Committee
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : none

Party HQ

Address c/o 7 Whitman Drive
North Kingstown
Rhode Island

Dark star October 21, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Not a fan: She is an alarmist. She follows Ceresi's vote regardless. She rarely opposes the Super. She was in favor of the Supers bonus. She seems pleasant enough though.
ZeroWampumInPocket October 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Not a fan here either.
Leave RI October 22, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Don't know her and can't vote for her. The "unemployed democrat" is too easy a target for cheese, cell phone, and other cracks..but I won't.
seed and soil October 22, 2012 at 02:45 PM
As someone who has known Lynda personally for many years now, I can assure you she is no "unemployed democrat" Lynda and I met when her son and my youngest daughter entered the first grade at Stony Lane Elementary. Through the years we have developed a solid friendship....so clearly I can not state that I am unbiased. But what I can relay is that as a sitting SC member Lynda spends a tremendous amount of time digging deep into the information required to understand the issues facing all things NKSD. Many know that through the efforts of Lynda and others, the mis-deeds of the Halley era were investigated and brought to light. It's no secret in the community that someone came forward with all of the "conflict of interest" business dealings of AD Kenyon ...and who did they go to?....Lynda. Folks in the community have gone to her and placed a burden on her because they sense her tenacity and her strong will to see that questionable ethics be reviewed. Let's face it.....not many of us would have the fortitude required to do what she has. In the case of the recent ESP contracts, controversial cost cutting decisions have made her the target of lots of frustration. Serving in the role she has is not going to win anyone popularity contests. And surely, she is a human being who may show her emotions at times. But I would ask the community to look at her long term service to us. She has done her personal best to serve. (see cont. next comment)
seed and soil October 22, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Very most importantly, I would encourage the community to review her voting record over the long haul. In the years I have known Lynda, she has always been right there willing to take on important volunteer roles to help out in any of the many community/school related fund raisers/charitable events I am affiliated with. I can always count her to be there to help serve and support in any of the many PTSO events I helped coordinate or chair over the many years our kids where in elem, middle or high school. From where I sit, and the person I know as a friend....Lynda has more than earned my support for her bid for re-election to the NK school committee. Diana Christie-Robitaille....aka seed and soil
Reality Bites October 22, 2012 at 04:10 PM
"Seed and Soil" I couldn't agree with you more about Lynda Avanzato. She has had the guts to do what many could not and would not do. She has always advocated for the schools and worked to maintain the hgih standards in our schools. We need more like minded people like her on the School Committee. She's got my vote!!
NK_Voter October 22, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I've seen her at meetings and was underwhelmed. Too much drama, too little little substance. She'll get the teacher vote (see above); after all, has there been a time in the last few years where she hasn't advocated a maximum increase in the school budget despite falling student numbers? Thank you, current Town Council, for pushing back on the annual excess and "enabling" the School Committe to actually begin to economize in these tough times.
Crystal Ball October 22, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Nk_Voter, The TC has increased it's spending every year and level funded the schools. What the heck are you talking about. This TC has increased the tax rate every year, created new taxes and increased the water rate!
Crystal Ball October 22, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Beyond a doubt, Mrs. Avanzato exemplifies honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness. She has those qualities to make difficult decisions for the taxpayers while never forgetting the most important obligation of the School Department, our children. Mrs. Avanzato is an amazing asset to our town and we are better off because of her dedication and service.
ZeroWampumInPocket October 22, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Is "crystal ball" avanzatos middle name? heh "Too much drama, too little little substance." you got it bud! she does love the attention though, fer sure. avanzano will take it all she can get of that (and your tax dollars). sorry, I am voting for fiscal sanity this time and bob jones tops out my list.
Richard Welch October 22, 2012 at 09:38 PM
When I read some of these comments it is apparent which party the no-name writers belongs to. I have served with Mrs. Avanzato for the last four years and your negative comments do not hold any truth. It is puzzeling why you nameless people don't use your name or are you to ashamed to have your neighbors know how you really feel? You have all of the answers and could save our town all kinds of money but you won't put your name on a ballot and run. You chose to slander people's good name because you can do it here without recourse...very brave of you...and it is because of people like you that it is difficult to get good people to serve and run and then you blame the politicians for everything that is wrong. With folks like you we are lucky to have poeple like Mrs. Avanzato working to protect our school system. Thanks for your kind words.
Chris Prata October 22, 2012 at 09:55 PM
She was one of a number of people (but not all that many) who were willing to contribute personal time, evenings, weekends, toward cleaning up our schools and town when we had some real bad things being voted, then once on the committee voted appropriately when called upon. I could not imagine Avanzato voting something wasteful, to benefit herself, a friend or making any kind of bad deal. We are way ahead of the game now than before and I wish people would make sure and make note of that.
We R NK October 23, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Just because you use your name, when it suits you, Mr. Welch that doesn't make you holier than thou! You have more alias' than anyone I know. Not long before you mess up though. And you can deny till the cow's come home......we all know better! As for Mrs. A I suppose I would have tenacity to if I gained $20K. OH, I forgot it's about the kids.....ya right!
SoxFan October 23, 2012 at 04:01 AM
I will definitely be voting for Lynda Avanzato as she has had the courage to make the difficult choices. She is a fiscal conservative who had the courage to vote to privatize custodians and rein in spending on the ESP contract despite ongoing harassment by the union. In the past, she has tirelessly worked to expose and eliminate systemic spending abuses within the school department and held the responsible parties accountable. To address comments regarding “unemployment”- Mrs. Avanzato chose to put her legal career on hold to devote all her energies to raising her son, a decision I applaud. She has devoted countless hours to volunteering in the schools and the community and this had given her the opportunity to understand the issues from the inside out. She understands that the purpose of the school system is to educate kids; that it is not a jobs program for adults. She is ethical, honest, intelligent, and has the courage to speak her mind and take action. I encourage anyone who does not know Mrs. Avanzato to review her voting record.
I Care October 24, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Lynda was the second on John's motion to fire 26 loyal custodial employees and as such put their families in poverty regardless of the fact that the union team offered more than enough money in give backs to pay for them. I guess we both know a different side of Lynda.


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