Chariho School Parents’ Forum

September 13, 2007

Your tax dollars at work

Filed under: bond — Editor @ 10:43 pm

In a previous post, I mentioned a flyer about the November bond that is being handed out in schools, sent home with kids, and will be mailed to the towns – on your dime. 

But, according to Superintendent Ricci and Bill Day, that’s ok because it doesn’t promote one side or the other – its just an information piece – simply providing facts. 

It’s not a good thing to influence a voter with public funds.

I’ll let you read it yourself and see if you can pick up any subtle (or overt) support for the bond.  Anything at all that may indicate that the author of this flyer thinks its time to pass the bond. 

But there is another point that interested me.  It says that the three towns, “endorsed Campus 2010, with fourteen of fifteen councilors voting “YES.”” (emphasis theirs)

If memory serves – Hopkinton only endorsed the creation of the building committee and did not endorse this plan.  If there are any Hopkinton TC’ers reading this, could you please respond?

[UPDATE] Barbara Capalbo contacted me to say that the HTC did indeed ensdorse  “Campus 2010.”  I stand corrected.  Barbara did not endorse the bond.

Of course, that doesn’t change the fact that, in my opinion, they are using tax dollars to influence votes.


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  1. Sorry Bill, but you are wrong here. I was at the town meeting the night they voted to support the bond. I believe it must have town approval before it can go to legislation anyway. Barbara Capalbo was the only Town Councilor to abstain; all other councilors, from all three towns voted in favor of Campus 2010.

    Comment by Bob Petit — September 14, 2007 @ 9:06 am | Reply

  2. If that flyer doesn’t advocate a yes vote on the bond issue, then I’m a monkey’s uncle. The flyer says it is “time to upgrade our high school” – what is this if not a plea to the taxpayers to fund the bond to “upgrade” the high school.

    The flyer also states that it is time to “replace costly temporary classrooms”. What the heck is Day and Ricci denying? It doesn’t get any more blatant than this flyer. They are asking taxpayers to upgrade the school and replace classrooms. Somebody needs to cuff these two because they clearly are using our money to influence voters.

    My vision is such that I can’t read anything other than the front side of the flyer, but there’s enough evidence there to convict those responsible for this pro-bond advertisement…unless they happen to get the OJ jury.

    I could care less that politicians on the Town Councils support politicians on the School Committee. The bond is a travesty. The bond permanently enshrines RYSE. The bond permanently fixes grade configuration so that 5th and 6th graders are put at risk. The bond lets Chariho off the hook from improper maintenance funding over the last 5 years or so.

    The bond is one more financial drain on those who already can’t afford the spending of the Hopkinton elites. Teach our children the basics. Do it without any bells and whistles. And STOP spending our money like drunken sailors!

    Comment by Curious Resident — September 14, 2007 @ 9:33 am | Reply

  3. I believe we need to clarify some issues that have been stated concerning the endorsement of the campus 2010 plan.

    You are correct Mr. Petit that the Hopkinton Town Council did approve the 2010 plan to move forward for the voters to approve or disapprove this bond. This was not an endorsement; it was an effort to move it forward for the voters to make the final decision.

    During the tri-town omnibus meeting, I was the one to propose all capital improvements at Chariho be split 3 ways equally. My reason for this was that this was the area of the district that all three towns use equally. It should not be based on enrollment. If you have one or a hundred kids in school, you still need a roof, you still need fire suppression, etc… Also, to point out, to my recollection, this is not the first time this was proposed, but the first time all 3 town councils agreed. I also recommended to the school committee and the building committee that we split the bond in three sections, the RYSE building, the middle school additions, and the high school and campus upgrades. This way the voters could vote for all or certain sections of the bond. But, as usual, Chariho has the all or nothing attitude. We have tried to pass bonds 3 times before with no success. I was looking for innovative ways to give this bond the option of passing in whole or in part.

    Speaking for myself, I had a number of questions regarding the spending of these monies. At that time, I would not have voted for this plan, but I felt that it should not be left up to a few elected officials to say yes or no, as it should be up to the voters of the 3 towns to decide on its merits.

    So, I guess your statement, Mr. Petit, and the one at the bottom of the flyer stating the bond was endorsed is partially correct. But, being at that meeting, you knew there were reservations by myself and other town councilors. I believe I had stated that it is up to the building committee to inform the voters, and they should have the final vote. One of my concerns at that time was of thousands of dollars for the middle school stage curtain which had a small tear. Instead of fixing, it was listed as replacement. Also, the approximately $750,000 for a maintenance building (shed). This was the initial draft and I am under the impression that this has changed, since the beginning. Our representatives from Hopkinton have not come to a town meeting to keep us abreast of the changes or the current status of this building plan. I further understand that the building committee is suppose to be putting on another update for the town councils. I urge the voters to come to this meeting and get themselves informed as they are the ones who will ultimately foot the bill.

    Thomas E. Buck
    Hopkinton Town Council

    Comment by Thomas Buck, Hopkinton Town Council — September 15, 2007 @ 9:32 am | Reply

  4. Thank you Mr. Buck for clarifying your so-called endorsement of the bond. Although I do wish the Hopkinton Town Council had the moxie to look at the bond and instantly recognize the bond is not in the best interest of the town or our children, I do respect your view that the voters should decide.

    From my perspective, the voters already spoke when they asked that 5th and 6th graders be placed back in the proper elementary school environment. I’m concerned that the reality of the bond permanently condeming our young children will be missed by some voters and the bond will pass with 5th and 6th graders continuing to suffer the consequences of an inappropriate learning environment.

    Too late now…I have no faith in the wisdom of Richmond or Charlestown voters, but I pray that Hopkinton citizens will once again rise to the ocassion and defeat this terribly destructive bond.

    I’d like to see more town leaders step forward and speak out against the bond.

    Comment by Curious Resident — September 15, 2007 @ 9:44 am | Reply

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