Education board incumbent has 41 years in education

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Robert Tomasini, 73, is running for re-election for the Area 1 seat on the Placer County Board of Education. He is running against newcomers Desiree Mulsow and Mark Wilder. The Area 1 trustee represents the Roseville area. There are eight candidates running for three seats on the board. Tomasini is restired. His most recent position was superintendent of the Roseville Joint Union High School District. Tomasini and his wife, Sheila, have been married for 51 years. They have six children, Steve, 50, Kent, 50, Tina, 49, Cindy, 48, Cathy, 46, and Jaime, 40. They also have 17 grandchildren. Tomasini has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and liberal arts from St. Mary’s College. He also holds a master’s degree in education administration from Humboldt State University. He also completed some coursework at Sacramento State University and UC Davis. Tomasini has 41 years in education. He worked as a teacher and coach at Fortuna High School for seven years, a vice principal at George C. Jacobs Junior High School in Eureka and as a principal at Delta High School. Tomasini has served as an assistant superintendent as well as a superintendent. Q: Why are you running? A: There is still a lot to be done. I’m still in good health and I think now that things are getting tougher, it’s not the right time to retire. Q: What do you bring to the table? A: I believe my background experience provides the county board with a perspective of effective decision making. I bring a knowledge of not only Roseville, but the entire county. I think I’m pretty well known throughout, so I think I bring some accountability. I respect everybody’s decision on the board. I think I bring my life experience dealing with my own family and children and (experience) in education. Q: What are your goals if elected? A: I think we need to educate the public and the Legislature about the importance of providing a strong, healthy education for all the students. We need to strengthen existing programs, like technical support programs, special education programs and work programs, like the regional occupational program, wherever possible. We have certain areas where we can help from a county standpoint. Q: Can you describe your ability to successfully work with and influence other trustees? A: I listen to them, and respect their opinions, and give my opinion and they make their decisions. Sometimes I will vote for something along with somebody, and the next time I may not. I think you just have to be open. I’m willing to modify (ideas). I would rather modify something to get it passed, to get it started. Sometimes you have just got to meet people half way. Reach Bridget Jones at