Chariho School Parents’ Forum

November 27, 2007

School Committee meeting – Nov 27

Filed under: meeting notice — Editor @ 11:02 pm

This evening’s meeting will be aired on Channel 18 tomorrow night (Nov 28, 8pm) and Friday noon.

Of particular interest was the discussion over the email from Superintendent Ricci to the Town Council presidents.  Notice how debate is stifled by a motion made by Andrew McQuaide.  Actually, it was quite a masterful use of Roberts Rules, especially for someone so new to this.   

I also brought up the quote from Bill Day where he said opponents of the bond had “lied” and I gave him an opportunity to identify the individuals and specific “lies.” 

Finally, Holly Eaves brought up some health inspection concerns.  I will try to find more info.

Try to catch the broadcast – will post details later.



  1. Deceitful comes to mind rather than masterful. Young Mr. McQuaide gives further proof that Mr. Ricci is his puppet master. Do you think Mr. Ricci wanted any discussion of his political activities? Why would Mr. McQuaide want to avoid this discussion if not Mr. Ricci’s lackey?

    Hopkinton made a wise move in denying these corrupt officials more of our money. Behind the scene manipulations…Mr. Day generically calling bond opponents liars…politicial meetings directed and led by a superintendent. The hits keep coming.

    Imagine the nonsense that has gone on for years without someone like Mr. Felkner there to keep us informed? No wonder Chariho is in such a sorry state. The lunatics run the asylum.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 28, 2007 @ 8:17 am | Reply

  2. The wacko apple does not fall too far from the tree, now does it???

    Comment by Dorothy Gardiner — November 28, 2007 @ 4:32 pm | Reply

  3. No, and I missed it initially, but I’m truly sad to see that Mr. Petit voted to stop debate. While I don’t have much respect for him, I was suprised to see him support such an undemocractic move. I won’t be surprised the next time.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 28, 2007 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  4. Well, did little boy blue McQuaide also try to stop discussion on the serious health risks discovered by the state inspector at Richmond Elementary & Chariho Middle? Did he or the other school committee puppets express disgust why the public has never been informed? Did they just choose to ignore such findings? Would they dare eat at a restaurant with the same conditions?!!

    But then again, maybe just like those who voted against the bond, the Department of Health Inspector is also spreading lies, misinformation and distorting the facts.

    This is serious stuff and absolute shame on the school committee, employees, and administrators for allowing this condition to persist.

    Health Threats to School Children from Rats and Mice, by Jerome Goddard, Ph.D.

    Comment by chariho hipocrisy — November 28, 2007 @ 6:21 pm | Reply

  5. The problems with secrecy and public manipulation are systematic within the district. The default position is to hide and/or lie, and this applies to all perceived threats to their empire. If it comes down to a child’s health and education versus administrative accountability, we know where their allegiances lie (no put intended). Mr. Ricci pulls the strings, and the School Committee puppets’ noses grow large.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 28, 2007 @ 6:27 pm | Reply

  6. The same people who try to supress and prevent “bad news” such as the health department report from ever reaching the taxpayers, will be the FIRST to point fingers when their children become ill from mouse turd contaminated food! I am sure they will blame Hopkinton for some of the problem also.

    Comment by Dorothy Gardiner — November 29, 2007 @ 6:57 am | Reply

  7. Mr. McQuade was an obvious set-up because Mr. Day asked for a motion to discuss. You do not need a motion to discuss an item on an agenda, but once made, Mr. McQuade’s end run is available. It is effectively collusion by members of the board.

    Comment by Barbara Capalbo — November 29, 2007 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  8. Thank you for the explanation Mrs. Capalbo. I thought it sounded strange. So not only did they act in a totally anti-democratic manner, they colluded to do so as well. These are the same people Hopkinton gets criticized for not trusting. And Mr. Petit was in on the game. Take note Hopkinton.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 29, 2007 @ 9:49 am | Reply

  9. If it could be proven that collusion occurred, would that not be a violation of open meetings laws? How many members would have to be involved?

    Comment by Joe Schwartz — November 29, 2007 @ 10:23 am | Reply

  10. This meeting demonstrates the need for Hopkinton to retain their veto power! As long as the School Committee is weighted towards Richmond and Charlestown, we don’t have a CHANCE to work towards education reform, budgetary control, and a transparent board. Imagine, the little blue boy is concerned that knowledge will stir up the public! By the way, I guess the parents in RICHMOND really like the idea that THEIR kids are eating “wild rice” (mouse sh*t) with THEIR food. Eat up there, Johnny. ‘Tis said you have to eat a pound of dirt before you die, and I guess mouse droppings count, too. I know Mr Ricci said he was “disapointed” at the findings in the CHARIHO cafeteria, but made no mention of the findings in the RICHMOND cafeteria. YUCK!

    Comment by Dorothy Gardiner — November 29, 2007 @ 10:35 am | Reply

  11. Proving collusion would probably be difficult. These people are experts in secrecy. Keep in mind, if not for Mr. Felkner, Mr. Ricci would have met with the “invited” political leaders and the public would have been none the wiser. Even other members of the School Committee and Town Council were in the dark. The chosen would have met and the next thing we know, the media would have been reporting how they all agreed to a certain plan…as if by coincidence.

    Because the meeting came to light, Mr. Ricci was forced to open it up to the media and others. Even then, the discussion centered on subverting the vote, but imagine how much dirtier it would have been if they were able to meet in secret?

    How often is a motion requested to have a discussion? Based on Mrs. Capablo’s comment, this is very unusual…maybe never…yet the minute the motion is made, Mr. McQuaide makes a motion to shut down discussion before it even happens. Then, the majority of the committee vote in favor of not having a discussion. Can anyone imagine this playing out like this without collusion? Add to that, Ms. Serra abstained…my theory is that she has enough scruples that she wanted to distance herself from the collusion that occurred prior to the vote. Will she admit it…not likely, but why abstain unless you were feeling guilt?

    For some reason I am doubtful Mr. Petit was involved in the collusion. I don’t think the others trust him. I think he is simply too ignorant to understand that he was voting against democracy. He just went along with the people he likes…he’s a “feelings” guy.

    If I had to guess, I’d say that prior discussions occurred between Mr. Day, Mr. Polouski, Mr. McQuaide, Ms. Jennings, Ms. Serra, Ms. Eaves and led by Mr. Ricci. Probably phone calls between each other…email makes them nervous these days.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 29, 2007 @ 11:10 am | Reply

  12. Yes CR, I am sure all of those things did happen. But, each person could say they just talked about general things, nothing they voted on. I am sure they have “meetings”, but one at a time, with Mr. Ricci, and such clandestine meetings would be very hard to prove, and they know it.

    Funny that people from Hopkinton would be on the side of the people from Charlestown and Richmond. I am not talking about the bond, I am talking about supporting your fellow townspeople in basic freedom of information requests, and the ability to speak in a meeting. Not hard to be a traitor to your own town, is it? I am saddened by all of the sneaking around, the lies, the deceit, the behavior of the school committee. I for one, agree with Mr Day (probably the one time on record)that I don’t give a rat’s behind about Andy’s memories of CHARIHO 12 years ago. Lets get on with it, get rid of Ricci, get rid of the cloak and dagger behavior, and open up the cloud of secrecy that surrounds the antics of this school committee NOW.

    Comment by Dorothy Gardiner — November 29, 2007 @ 2:10 pm | Reply


    The Chariho Act has been updated. According to ProJo, the updated Act can be accessed through Chariho’s website. I was unable to find it…can you link it here Mr. Felkner?

    Mr. Ricci has been designated as the person to contact with questions or comments. I do not understand why Mr. Ricci is constantly involved in matters from the political side of education? Personally, if I have any questions or comments I will contact elected representatives from the School Committee and/or Town Council.

    I do not trust Mr. Ricci to give me accurate and honest representation.

    I’d also want to see the original Act along with each Amendment. Will there be Internet access to the individual documents which modify the orginial Act?

    With all the games the School Committee and administration play, I would be very cautious about the updated Chariho Act. We need to ensure they haven’t added or removed any items. They seem to be pushing for a vote on the updated Chariho Act…why would they need a vote if the amendments have already been approved? Only changes would need to be voted on again…so does this mean they’ve made changes?

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 29, 2007 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  14. Notice my comments were made prior to find out about Ms. Carney letter to the School Committee. Notice in Ms. Carney’s letter she points out obvious changes made to the Chariho Act. Notice how our snake oil superintendent tries to pull another fast one on the democratic process. Notice how this clown is still securely employed. Pathetic.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 29, 2007 @ 9:27 pm | Reply

  15. I’m watching the meeting and Mr. Abbott thanks the cable for “promoting the bond”. Ms. Eaves corrects him and says it was neutral, but then trips over her words trying to relate what the video showed in a neutral terms…she failed. Pretty funny stuff.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 30, 2007 @ 7:42 pm | Reply

  16. Hey, I’ve met Mr. Phillips. Since he’s bringing grants and endowments to Chariho and not trying to force money from other people…I’m happy with him.

    Mr. Polouski tried to turn community benevolence into a political opportunity for his accomplice, Mr. Day, but was rebuffed by Mr. Phillips. Instead of grandstanding for publicity, Mr. Phillips asks everyone to participate in networking and getting the word out about the charitable organization.

    I think this is very smart move by Mr. Phillips. He should avoid aligning the charity with any specific group within the educational establishment. It’s not good to be associated with snake oil salesmen.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 30, 2007 @ 8:11 pm | Reply

  17. Mr. Day states that he’s read the updated Chariho Act “a couple of time” and the only thing he noticed was that specific amendments weren’t cited.

    Apparently Mr. Day didn’t notice the wholesale elimination of clauses? Mr. Day is either a liar and didn’t read it…or he is dumber than a rock for missing the complete removal of clauses.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 30, 2007 @ 8:27 pm | Reply

  18. Do you think Mr. Chicetti wears a hairpiece? (My wife asked…not me.)

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 30, 2007 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

  19. Good for you Mr. Felkner for turning to the TV and letting the public know what was the School Committee was voting to do. Although I didn’t see all the votes on your motion, and Mr. Day chose not to announce the vote total…I didn’t see Mr. Preuhs raise his hand in opposition to Mr. Ricci’s emails being included in your packets. Did Mr. Pruehs support your motion? Did anyone support it?

    How do these corrupt politicians look at themselves in the mirror?

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 30, 2007 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

  20. By the way, any Hopkinton Town Councilors planning on attending Mr. Ricci’s December 4th meeting should take heed. If you think you will be serving any useful purpose, look what the majority did at this School Committee meeting. You are making a mistake and I hope you reconsider lending any credibility to this meeting.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 30, 2007 @ 8:53 pm | Reply

  21. 1. Giancarlo Cicchetti is the proud owner of a very full head of natural hair.
    2. Cicchetti, Jennings, Abbott and I voted against killing the discussion. Everyone knows it was a set up. Made them look worse than if they didn’t do it.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — November 30, 2007 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  22. Well far be it for me to call into question Mr. Cicchetti’s hair.

    To be clear, did Mr. Pruehs vote to kill discussion? And yes, they did look bad. I wonder how many people actually watch this thing?

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 30, 2007 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

  23. cant remember

    Comment by Bill Felkner — November 30, 2007 @ 9:28 pm | Reply

  24. Cool…Mr. Day and Mr. Polouski going toe-to-toe. Maybe they will disagree again next year?

    Mr. Felkner asked Mr. Day to identify who lied or what was lied about…Mr. Day admits to reading this blog. Good to see he can read. For the record, I think Mr. Day lies on a regular basis. I think he is dictatorial and as he showed tonight, he opposes transparent government.

    Mr. Day defends Mr. Ricci holding unilateral political meetings. Mr. Abbott recommends Mr. Felkner website to TV viewers.

    Mr. Abbott notes that Mr. Felkner’s posting are accurate…he doesn’t defend me…that’s okay Mr. Abbott, I’m the troublemaker.

    Mr. Polouski rants on about Mr. Ricci’s meeting being public. He doesn’t note that the meeting only became public when it came to Mr. Felkner’s attention. Mr. Polouski also claims that Mr. Ricci invited presidents and vice presidents. Mr. Abbott nails him with the reality that Mr. Oppenheimer was not a “vice chair”. Mr. Polouski even went so far as to lie and say Mr. Oppenheimer was vice chair. He retracted, but he already knew as he quickly acknowledged the real “vice chair”. This is hysterical.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 30, 2007 @ 9:29 pm | Reply

  25. It’s fun watching the snake oil salesman deny he’s “evil”. Mr. Ricci claims the media was welcome…but let’s be honest, without Mr. Felkner, none of this stuff would have come out in the open.

    I wonder if these clowns on the School Committee members really believe secret meetings can be had without any decisions being made? Maybe not officially, but let’s be real…oh, that’s right, they don’t know how to tell the truth.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 30, 2007 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  26. Mr. McQuaide comes out of Mr. Ricci’s back pocket telling us Mr. Ricci is proactive…yeah, he’s proactive trying to cover his behind when his scams come to public attention.

    I’m giving Mr. Abbott a standing ovation for facing the TV and explaining why Hopkinton finds Mr. Ricci’s meeting offensive. Mr. Ricci denies complicity in seeking a re-vote. Of course, he knows all the particulars about getting a re-vote, so apparently he isn’t as in the dark as he would want us to believe.

    Mr. Cicchetti makes a pretty good speech…his hair is still perfectly coiffed. He wants the School Committee to work on issues they agree on.

    Mr. Day gives a speech about how important it is to the school, faculty, and teachers for the School Committee to operate in secrecy. He doesn’t understand why the public needs to know everything. Quite an amazing speech…an old Thomas Jefferson.

    Hey, I’m not always nice to these politicians, but they aren’t nice to us either. They spend our money like it belongs to them. They give our money to their family and friends. They’ve been getting away with it for years and they are angry because they are now being held to account.

    Earlier Mr. Polouski complained that the meetings are ragged. Unfortunately, democracy can, and maybe even should, be ragged. I’m tired of Chariho administration asking to spend more of our money while not improving educational outcomes and having everyone on the School Committee “smoothly” agreeing.

    Sorry if they don’t like the heat, but stop treating our children and our money like they belong to you and maybe meetings will run a little smoother.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 30, 2007 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

  27. one of the emails from Ricci also acknoledge that only presidents were invited, it was only after Richmond asked to include Mr. O that others were invited.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — November 30, 2007 @ 9:51 pm | Reply

  28. Mr. Cicchetti and some sub-committee is going to decide what is healthy to eat.

    I wonder why politicians continuously think we are too stupid to decide what we should eat? I somewhat understand the need to control what the school offers to children, but assuming Mr. Cicchetti is talking about food items for adults, I wish he’d stay out of our diet.

    In general Mr. Cicchetti impresses me, but I do get a tinge of paternalism from him. I hope he resists the temptation to dictate to us what is healthy to eat. For the record, there is evidence that chocolate is nutritious.

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 30, 2007 @ 9:53 pm | Reply

  29. The original email went to Ms. Waterman, not Mr. Craig. Perhaps it was innocent mistake since Mr. Craig only recently became Charlestown’s Town Councilor, but Ms. Waterman has been a very vocal critic of Hopkinton and she was on the email list as a Town Councilor.

    Also, Mr. Ricci denied at the School Committee meeting that he arranged the meeting to talk about a re-vote, but he specifically mentioned the issue of the re-vote in his email. He didn’t mention tax equity or splitting the bond or the 5th and 6th grade issue…he mentioned specific steps to get a re-vote.

    Once again, he played word games with Mr. Abbott and the School Committee. If you doubt me, read his email again. I guess it depends on what the definition of “is” is?

    Comment by Curious Resident — November 30, 2007 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

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  32. Hi!
    It would be nice if the local papers at least on some votes had votes of local town council,school committee,local legislators,zoning board,etc., votes in a box with those for, against,abstain, recused, and absent. You couldn’t do this all the time but it would be helpful.

    Comment by Scott Bill Hirst — December 4, 2007 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

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