Chariho School Parents’ Forum

January 14, 2008

The powers that be

Filed under: Corruption — Editor @ 10:20 pm

On Monday, January 7th I asked Superintendent Ricci for a digital copy of the new support personnel contract and negotiation meeting minutes.  Some  of my constituents have asked that I post them on this site.  After five days, 16 emails and one phone call – we got down to the meat of it…

From Superintendent Ricci:

“Both Bill and I agree that the Committee should have knowledge of and consent to the electronic publication of the contract.”

My understanding of the law suggests that Chairman Day and Superintendent Ricci have exceeded their authority.  I will not ask the board for permission.  



  1. Corruption abounds at Chariho. While government entities around the country open up their books to public scrutiny; while taxpayers in state after state are able to discover where their money is being spent; Chariho instead tries yet again to cover their tracks and hide their irresponsibility from the public.

    Richmond’s Town Council offers the corrupt administration a vote of confidence. The voters of Richmond and Charlestown vote to give the corrupt administration even more of their money. Hopkinton residents may have been called illiterate woodchoppers, but it is obvious whose towns’ citizens have a lick of sense…the woodchoppers.

    Think about this…Special Education programs where success is measured by how much of our money they are able to spend. Pro-bond campaigns where our money is used to convince us to spend even more of our money by lying to us. Budgets where declining student enrollment means hundreds of thousands dollars more spent for Teacher’s Aides and where the superintendent seemingly lies about the whole thing. Psychological programs where parents’ options are purposely limited to one treatment. Educational spending for social service programs for adults. Public Budget Workshops where the public is ignored. A refusal to comply with the will of voters and parents as it pertains to Elementary aged students. The list goes on.

    Mr. Felkner continues to amaze me as he stands firm in battle against an arrogant system that refuses to change its secretive and corrupt ways. He does this although the vast majority of local taxpayers seem to care less if their money is thrown down the sewer by Chariho’s administration. Mr. Felkner deserves a parade.

    Comment by Curious Resident — January 15, 2008 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  2. I can’t imagine the objection to posting the completed contract online. It’s a legal, public document. Boo to Mr. Ricci and Mr. Day.

    I’m interested in the negotiation meeting minutes, but am unsure of the propriety of their public or private status.

    Comment by david — January 15, 2008 @ 10:08 pm | Reply

  3. I’m betting that it will get online. It is a public document. The School Committee likes to keep things secret, but I suspect they will realize this is one battle they can’t win.

    The mere fact that they didn’t immediately make the contract digitally available speaks volumes about their default reaction when asked to inform the public. I’m not so sure any minutes from secret negotiations will be interesting. Who’s to say that the minutes actually refelct the negotiations? I wouldn’t put anything past this administration.

    Comment by Curious Resident — January 15, 2008 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

  4. The dog and pony show continues, now in its 50th year.

    Comment by James — January 16, 2008 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

  5. […] Filed under: transparency — Bill Felkner @ 10:10 pm Just a quick update on the request I put in for the meeting minutes – I did receive the contract and the minutes from the exec sessions […]

    Pingback by UPDATE on request and Omnibus meeting « Chariho School Parents’ Forum — January 19, 2008 @ 10:10 pm | Reply

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